Emile J. “Joe” Voisine

South Portland, ME – Emile Joseph Voisine, Jr. lost his courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.

Emile “Joe” was born on August 16, 1948 to Emile J. Voisine, Sr. and Kathleen Morin in Millinocket.  He was very proud of his French heritage from both sides of his family.  Joe attended Cathedral School and spent over 30 years working as the Maintenance Director for The Sisters of Mercy, many of them taught him at Cathedral, but loved him anyway.

He served in the Army from August of 1968 to September of 1970 and was in Vietnam, something he never talked about.  In 1974 he met the love of his life Eleanor “Ellie” Darling; they married on April 12, 1975. He acquired a 12 year old daughter in this union whom he loved and treated as his own.  

In those early years Joe worked for his brothers-in-law at Maine Roofing then at McBradys Roofing company before going to The Sisters of Mercy.  Joe loved the Patriots and the Red Sox. He loved Maine Mariners hockey, a passion he shared with his son Joey and his mother Kate. They went to every home game.

He was a fabulous woodworker; he made many shelves and bookcases for his family and friends. He was a very loyal and selfless man; putting everyone before him until the end. The Sisters always knew they could count on him for anything they needed. He was dedicated to them. It was evident in how they treated him and the prayers, tears, and loved they showed to him.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, his wife, and many loving aunts and uncles. He is survived by his daughter Jodi Darling and her husband Dana Peterson, Sr. his son Joseph, all of South Portland. His brothers Rodney and spouse Marilyn of Bristol Ct, Alfred and his spouse Carol and Paul, all of Westbrook. His grandsons Christopher, Michael, Dana Jr. Peterson and great-grandson Joseph Peterson. His companion Marcia Reilly, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 11 a.m , St. Joseph’s Church 673 Stevens Ave, Portland ME.

In Lieu of flowers donations in Joe’s honor can be made to:

Blue Wave Basketball

3 Kennebago Dr. Scarborough ME 04074 or www.bluewavebasketball.org




Robert A. “Bob” Chouinard

Lewiston- Robert ‘Bob’ A. Chouinard, 83, of 297 Stetson Rd., Lewiston went home to be with his loving wife and the Lord on October 15, 2018. He died peacefully at his home.      


Bob was born in Lewiston on February 6, 1935 to Arthur Chouinard and Irene Boisvert Chouinard, the oldest of six children. 

On September 8, 1955 he married Louise Emond and together, they raised 5 children. Bob was a proud member of the US Army Reserves and worked as a carpenter. He retired from Bates College at 62 but continued to work part- time until last year.

Bob had a great love for anything outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed weekend trips fishing, hunting and camping with his family and friends. Other hobbies included fly tying, woodworking, bowling, volley ball and watching the Patriots and Red Sox.

Survivors include his mother, Irene Chouinard, daughter, Tina and husband, Tony Longchamps of Greene, sons, Tim and wife, Lisa, and John and wife, Tina, all of Greene, daughter, Judy Begin of Waterville,  and daughter,  Sandy and husband, Brian Landry of Greene. He leaves 14 grandchildren, Patrick,  Liza, Dustin, Meg, Nikki, Jake, Travis, Mandy, Zachary,  Joshua, Kayla, Hannah, Paige and Tony, 16 great grandchildren, and 1 great, great grandchild, He also leaves  
2 brothers, Wilfred and wife, Joanne, Norman, and wife, Jolene, 3 sisters, Claire Chouinard,  Camilla Bosse and Irene and husband, Rudy Therrien, sister-in-law, Eva Malia and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Louise, his father, Arthur, a grandson, Nicholas Begin and his grandson’s wife, Jessica Longchamps. 


Bob will be missed by many.


Visitation will be held at The First Assembly of God Church on Hogan Road in Lewiston on Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  The Funeral Service will follow at the church at 7:00 PM.  Committal Services will be held in the spring at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lewiston. 


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s  memory to:  The Dempsey Center in Lewiston, Maine. 


John T. Fafoutas


Portland, ME – John Thomas Fafoutas, 90, of South Portland passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Mercy Hospital.


He was born on June 7, 1928 in Astoria, NY a son of the late Thomas and Anastasia (Kamelis) Fafoutas.  He was a graduate from Portland HIgh School as a member of the class of 1947.


John worked as a carpet installer, often working with his brother and son. He served in the Naval Reserves for twenty-two years, retiring as Store Keeper 2nd class.  He was very proud of his Greek heritage.


John was predeceased by his sister Georgia and his daughter Vicki Lynn.  He is survived by his brother Peter and his two sons Steve and Richard.  He will be greatly missed by his childhood friend Jim Nicholas. 


Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Forest City Cemetery, Lincoln Street, South Portland.

In Lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory can be made to:

South Portland Nursing Home


42 Anthoine Street


South Portland, ME 04106


John T. Fafoutas

Portland, ME – John Thomas Fafoutas, 90, of South Portland passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Mercy Hospital. 


He was born on June 7, 1928 in Astoria, NY a son of the late Thomas and Anastasia (KamelisFafoutas.  He was a graduate from Portland High School as a member of the class of 1947. 


John worked as a carpet installer, often working with his brother and son. He served in the Naval Reserves for twenty-two years, retiring as Store Keeper 2nd class.  He was very proud of his Greek heritage. 


John was predeceased by his sister Georgia and his daughter Vicki Lynn.  He is survived by his brother Peter and his two sons Steve and Richard.  He will be greatly missed by his childhood friend Jim Nicholas.   


Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Forest City Cemetery, Lincoln Street, South Portland. 


In Lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory can be made to: 

South Portland Nursing Home 

42 Anthoine Street 

South Portland, ME 04106 

Joseph F. Boucher Sr.

Windham, ME – Joseph F. Boucher Sr. passed away after a short illness from natural causes at home. His passing is a great loss for us all, as his laughter and joking will be missed very much. Joe had a love for racing, probably right out the gate from the time he was born.  He always had a love for and loved being at the races.  Whether it be just watching, watching his brother Willie race and working on his race car and being in the pit. He also enjoyed watching racing on TV and his Super Bowl was the Daytona 500, he enjoyed watching racing and being at the races with his entire family.  I never knew a man who could take an engine apart with their eyes closed and put it back together better than or faster than Joe could. 


He was predeceased by his mother Janet Brown his stepdad Richard Brown Sr, his father Justin David Boucher Sr.  his brother’s David Boucher, Daniel Boucher and Michael Boucher; as well as his sister Susan Ware and Bonnie Edwards, as well as his nephew Joel Edwards.


He is survived by his three son’s whom were his shining lights and whom he was very proud of; Joseph F Boucher Jr of Windham, and his mother Terri Goodine, Derrick Daniel Kennedy of Waterboro and his mother Anna Kennedy and Brandon Bowie of South Portland and his mother Marjorie Bowie (whom also was predeceased).  He is also survived by his brothers William Boucher of Windham, Robert Boucher and wife Paula of Windham, and Richard Brown Jr. of Windham, his sisters Betsy Boucher of Westbrook and Phylllis Wilde’s of Portland. He also has many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews who love him very much he will be sadly missed.   


There will be a celebration of his life on Tuesday October 23, 2018 at Bubba’s Sulky , 92 Portland Street, Portland from 1 – 4 p.m.  all are welcome. 


Jeannette I. (Moreau) Demers


Westbrook, ME – Jeannette I. (Moreau) Demers, 81, of Sanford, passed peacefully on October 12, 2018 with her family beside her.  She was the wife of Michel A, Demers.


She was born in Westbrook, ME on September 20, 1937 a daughter of the late Philip and Domitile (Leblanc) Moreau.

She was employed by Sprague Electric for many years.  After retirement she went to work part time at Lord’s Harborside.  She enjoyed family, bingo and gambling.


Besides her husband Michel, she is survived by her four daughters Theresa (Wayne) Jollotta, Diane LaRose, Ann-Marie (David) Kimball and Michele (Randy) Watson.  She also leaves seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren as well as a brother Philip Moreau and her three sisters Eva (Hurbain) Roy, Anita Moreau and Lorraine Shaw.


The family wishes to extend a huge thank you to her extended family at Avita of Wells for the great care she received.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Crossroads United Methodist Church, 16 Grammer Road in Sanford, ME.


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


Avita of Wells


86 Sanford Road


Wells, ME 04090


Vinnie “Diane” (Anderson) Howell

Portland, ME – Vinnie “Diane” (Anderson) Howell died on October 9, 2018, after years of living with dementia and congestive heart failure. 

Diane (nee Patricia Matthieu) was born on November 8, 1933 and was adopted by Mildred and William Anderson shortly after her birth.  She was named Vinnie Diane Anderson by her adoptive parents, and years later, would be known by her middle name, Diane. 

She attended South Portland schools and graduated from South Portland High School in the Class of 1950.  She loved to read, play piano and was an amazing singer and artist. She adored fashion and always dressed beautifully.

She married John “Jack” Howell in 1952, and they had three children: John William, Bonnie Ann and Mark Allen Howell.  They resided in South Portland but divorced in 1961.  As a single mom, Diane worked hard to give her children a good life, and her parents were amazingly supportive in helping raise her children. In 1962, she had another child, Donna Marie, which they helped raise as well. 

She had many jobs throughout her life but was most proud of her job as a legal secretary with the City of Portland Corporation Counsel.  After leaving that position, she worked at USM in Gorham as an administrative assistant and retired in 1998.

After retirement, she lived a simple life, and continued her quest for “bargains”, shopping her favorite thrift shops and lawn sales. She was fiercely independent and her thriftiness enabled her a comfortable retirement.   She was blessed with a quick wit and a great sense of humor.

Once diagnosed with dementia and congestive heart failure in 2013, she lived her final years under the care of her daughter Donna and her son-in-law, Dale Baker.  Dale’s ability to work from home made it possible for her to avoid nursing home care, and they had an amazingly close relationship.

She was predeceased by her parents and her grandson, Jason Howell, and leaves behind her children John of Standish, Bonnie of Portland, Mark and his wife Tina of Georgia, Donna and her husband Dale of Portland, grandchildren Heather Howell, Stephanie Howell Seavey, Felicia Tenney, Kristina O’Brien, Sean Baker and Corey Baker,13 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Her family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care she received by VNA Hospice nurses, and the nurses and staff at The Barron Center, Second Floor, South Wing during her final journey.

There will be a graveside service at Pine Grove Cemetery in Falmouth on Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm.  A gathering will be held at the family home after the service at 28 Sewall Street in Portland.   


Alberta E. (Roberts) Cunningham

Westbrook, ME – Alberta E. (Roberts) Cunningham, 91, of South Portland passed away at Springbrook Center on October 13, 2018. Mom passed on her 91st birthday.

Our Mom was born at home in South Portland on October 13, 1927. She was the oldest daughter of Hollis and Elizabeth (Aucoin) Roberts. She grew up in Portland and attended local schools.


On April 28, 1946, Mom married Kenneth M. Cunningham.  They were married for 39 years.  Mom worked at Standard Romper and then Fairchild Semiconductor until her retirement.


Our Mom got her drivers license at the age of 60 and we were all so proud of her for doing this.  A typical Mainer, who loved going apple and blueberry picking with us kids.  We all knew that getting Mom a lobster was better than getting her flowers.  

Mom had a small 91st birthday party with her family and enjoyed flowers and her lobster. Mom passed later that afternoon with family at her side.

Alberta is survived by her children, Sandra of Windham, Lois Norberg of South Portland, Linda and Scott Dube of Bridgton, Kenneth and Vicki Cunningham of Windham, Richard Cunningham of Raymond and Bruce and Gina Cunningham of Scarborough. 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Her two sisters, Annella Catruch of Casco and Lillian and Henry Hanscom of Ocala, Florida were Moms life time best friends. Two special friends, Peggy Galietta and Ann Hodgkins.



Our family would like to thank all of the Staff at Springbrook for the care given and the kindness shown as Mom struggled with Alzheimer’s Thank you for a safe and loving environment. A very heart felt thank you to Jasmine and Kim of Compassus Hospice Care, for the loving care you gave our Mom.


At the request of Mom there will be a private funeral for family members only. Burial will be at HighlandCemetery in South Portland.

Shirley V. (Fiske) Fidrych

Ogunquit, ME – After a long illness, and at the age of 95 years young, Shirley passed away on October 102018. She was constantly surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born on December 24, 1922 in Worcester, MA. Shirley was the second of three daughters of Roland and Ruth (Gardiner) Fiske. She graduated from Commerce High, and Salter Secretarial School. She worked for Wyman Gordon in Worcester, MA. where she met Leo Fidrych, her future husband. Leo also served in the US Air Force during WWII. They set up their cozy home on Prescott Street in West Boylston, MA. where they lived for 56 years. This is where neighborhood friends became family. They had one child, Holly Fidrych, who resides with her husband, Dana Soucier, of York Harbor, Maine. Shirley leaves her wonderful nieces and nephews, grand and great, a cousin, Dick Mertins of Hebron CT, as well as her brother-in-law, Peter P. Fidrych of West Boylston MA. Shirley is predeceased by her husband, two sisters, Janice McCabe and Dorothea LaPrade, and her cousin, Bill Mertins.  


During her childhood Shirley summered in North Brookfield, MA. Where she met her longtime friend Madeline Foote. Shirley and her two sisters were wonderfully close, especially in their later years. This devotion laid the foundation for what would become today’s four generations of remarkably loving cousins. 


Shirley loved to read and was a deeply spiritual woman who spread her aura of peace and acceptance to all she met. A lover of all people, particularly Tom Brady and The Gronk. Her glass was always more than half full, especially if it was a cold Chardonnay. Her special place was Ogunquit Maine, where she and her husband vacationed for many years before moving there with Holly and Dana in 2015.  


There are so many things to remember about Shirley. That her favorite food was Maine lobster and scallops, that she grew spectacular peonies, and most memorable was how she would throw back her head, with a youthful and soulful laugh.  

Petite and polished, with an amazing memory, Shirley was a special lady to her many nieces, nephews, and friends of all ages, who came to count on her sage wisdom and words of love. The girls of Suffield, the school friends of Holly’s, who she loved like daughters, and the many others who passed through her long life, were all cherished by Shirley. Because she enjoyed such a long life and was such a nurturing soul, many called her their “earthly mother”.  


She would want us to thank the people who provided her with loving care at York Hospital and Durgin Pines, where she spent her last days.  


We invite you to come to a special celebration of life for Shirley & Leo where we will have one last cocktail with them at the home of Jean & Dan, 8 Ledge Pasture Lane. Cape Neddick, Maine on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 1-4 pm. 


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund in Ogunquit, Maine in memory of Shirley and Leo. They would love for all to visit the Marginal Way for years to come. www.marginalwayfund.org

Rhonda L. (Wilbur) Cheek

Portland, ME – Rhonda L. (Wilbur) Cheek, 60, of Westbrook passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Mercy Hospital.  She was the wife of the late Wally Cheek Jr., who died just eight months ago.

She was born in South Portland, ME on October 25, 1957, she was a daughter of proud Irish descendants, the late Ronald L. and Marilyn (Denbow) Wilbur.  Rhonda was home taught, going on to receive several college credits.

She worked in landscaping and was a property and engineer manager in the Jacksonville Beaches area for many years.

Rhonda enjoyed being a wife and caring, cooking and baking for her husband, Wally.  She was a detailed and humorous story teller and was passionate about the Jacksonville Parks and Beaches.  She also enjoyed bike riding, camping and all the wildlife that came with it.

She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Beth A. Damian and her husband Victor of Westbrook, ME and Ruth Leathers and her husband Jody of Sangerville, ME as well as Ruth’s children April Noble of Rector, AR, Sally Decker of Sangerville, ME and Sandy Hoitsma and her husband Mike of Vilonia, AR.

May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

May the rains fall soft upon your fields,

and until we meet again…..

May God hold you in the palm of Her hand.


There will be no formal funeral services, Rhonda would want to be remembered lovingly at your own will and on your own time.  Loved always and forever.

In lieu of flowers or donations, spread kindness and compassion to all things and open your heart to what is and what can be.