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 

Leona E. (Cox) Adams

 

South Portland, ME – Leona E. (Cox) Adams, 90, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the South Portland Nursing Home surrounded by her family.

 

She was born on June 16, 1928 in Peru, ME the daughter of the late Albert and Beulah (Cox) Cox.

Leona enjoyed crocheting, gardening and candlepin bowling; she was also a weather reader for ten years.

 

She is survived by her children; Dorene Hadley, Barbara Wallace, Larry Niskanen, Edward Adams and Sandra Larson.  She also leaves several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

 

 

Westbrook Refuge League

 

217 Landing Road,

 

Westbrook, ME 04092

Timothy J. “TJ” Carter

 

Westbrook, ME – Timothy John “TJ” Carter, 38, of Westbrook passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 22, 2018 at his home.


He was born on December 26, 1979 in Portland, ME, a son of Timothy Wayne Carter and Debbie Lee Carter.


TJ worked at Hannaford Brothers Warehouse for one year and then moved on to vocational training for automotive mechanics.


He loved the outdoors and spending time fishing; his favorite spot was Spring Point Lighthouse down on the rocks.  He also enjoyed working on cars.


Besides his parents, TJ is survived by two sons Tyler John and Bryson Carter and his sister Lisa Marie Carter.  He also leaves his grandparents Normand R. Carter and Dorothy S. Arsenault and Margaret Carter as well as his uncles Bruce Carter, Robbie Carter and Steve Mellen, many aunts, cousins and extended family.


A celebration of TJ’s life will be held at a later date.


 

Donald P Cormier

Biddeford, ME – Donald P. Cormier, 70, of Biddeford, ME died on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at his home.  He was the partner of Bonnie Jensen.

He was born in Portland, ME on February 3, 1947 a son of the late Donat C. & Rose V. (Da’Lonzo) Cormier.  He attended local area schools, including Portland High School, where he excelled at basketball.

In 1965 he enlisted in the US Navy and served his country with honor.

Don worked for over thirty years at JJ Nissen Baking Company in Portland and retired just prior to the company moving to Biddeford. 

He was an active member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Biddeford and a member of Amvets, Post #1, Biddeford.  He enjoyed playing basketball and golf.

Besides Bonnie, he is survived by two sons Sean Cormier and his wife Dawn and Steven Cormier both of New Gloucester, three grandchildren Ashley, Michael and Hope and one great granddaughter Eva. He is also survived by two step sons Darren Jensen and his wife Stephanie of Freeport and Timothy Jensen and his wife Jessica of Durham and his step grandchildren Myah, Jacob, Griffin and Skye and his three brothers Henry Cormier and his companion Denise Mercier of Acton, ME, Thomas Cormier and his wife Freta of Windham and Joseph Cormier and his wife Leatrice of Saco as well as several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Robert Cormier.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave. Portland, ME.

Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Don’s guestbook and leave memories and condolences for the family.

In lieu of flowers, donation can be made in Don’s memory to:

Maine Cancer Foundation

www.mainecancer.org

 

Dorothy L. “Dot” ( Relahan) Pastore

PORTLAND – Dorothy “Dot” Pastore, 89, an extraordinary woman of kindness, compassion, and warmth, passed away peacefully in the early morning of June 7, 2016 at Maine Medical Center. She was surrounded by her loving family. 

Dot was born in Calais Maine on March 14, 1927. The daughter of Philip M. and Eva M. (Gagnon) Relahan, Dot was the second of three children. She and her older sister, Phyllis and younger brother John “Jack” were inseparable best friends. As a young girl Dot began her life of caregiving with countless hours reading to her younger brother Jack. As she and her siblings grew up the Relahan clan took every chance they could to go dancing wherever the music was playing. And, if the stories are true, they were the best jitterbug dancers around.    

In her teenage years, Dot and her family relocated to Portland, Maine, a place where Dot would eventually call home. Dot began working in Portland at the State Unemployment office where she began many lifelong friendships. One of those close friends set her up on a blind date with Michael “Mike” Pastore, a kind and respectful guy who had recently returned from the Korean War. This date soon led to many others, and within two years they were married and started a family. 

Dot and Mike were blessed to have a boy and a girl, Philip and Mary, who they raised in the Riverside area of Portland. Dot, naturally, was an affectionate and loving mother who devoted all of her time and energy to being a full-time mom until working for Central Maine Power later in life. 

Some of Dots most treasured times were spending beautiful days with family and friends at their Little Sebago cottage, and spending time with the family dog Jasper, a stubborn Jack Russell Terrier filled with her same spunky Irish personality. 

Although Dot had a special connection with Jasper and just about everyone she met, one of her most special bonds was with her brother Jack, who shared the story that when he was in the US Navy for four years of duty, he received a letter from Dot every day wherever he was stationed. 

The endless love that Dot had for her family and friends was strong, and she readily shared that love and patience with all. She touched many lives and her loving spirit and energy will continue to live and flourish through her family. 

Dot is predeceased by her older sister Phyllis M. Meredith. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Mike Pastore; brother “Jack” Relahan and his wife Jill of Connecticut; two children, son Philip M. Pastore and his wife Andrea of Scarborough; daughter Mary D. Thomas and her husband Travis of Saco; and three grandchildren, Anthony Pastore, Allie Pastore and Angelea Thomas. 

A mass will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 673 Stevens Ave., Portland. Following mass, friends and family are invited to celebrate Dot’s life at Phil and Andrea’s home in Scarborough. {jcomments on}

 

 

M. Catherine (Goff) Anderson

Portland, ME – M. Catherine Anderson born on 2/29/20, daughter of John S. and Mary Josephine Goff, passed peacefully from this world at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House on 5/25/16, after 96 full years of life.  She lived most of her life in Portland and all her married life in North Deering in a house built by her husband’s grandfather.  After her husband’s passing in 1996 she continued to live there independently until less than a week before her death.  

She graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1937 and Gorham Normal School (now the University of Southern Maine Gorham) in 1940.  Catherine realized early in life that she wanted to be a teacher.  She first taught at a one-room schoolhouse in Colebrook, New Hampshire, then at a private girls’ school in New Jersey, and finally at Waynflete School in Portland.  

After her marriage to Alan L. Anderson in 1947, she continued teaching until their first child was born.  She then devoted her energies to raising 5 children and creating a comfortable, stable and loving home. The family spent summers at Highland Lake in Falmouth. Catherine even moved to camp last summer. Though she was very busy with family and home, she still found time to substitute teach, teach Sunday school, and later worked in the activities department at St. Joseph’s Manor.  After retirement her home was often filled with grandchildren where their time was spent playing games, learning, and enjoying delicious meals.  They remember that after lunch they would choose something to read and then discuss it with Grammy and each other. 

She was a long time communicant of St. Pius Church and an active member of the Female Samaritans Association. 

Catherine had a life-long love of learning.  She listened to audio books when decreased eyesight made reading difficult, and liked books of history and biographies.  Recently she had been reading about the Civil War and the years of Lyndon B. Johnson. She had an incredible memory, knew all the lyrics of many songs and could recite long poems to everyone’s amazement. 

She was sincerely interested in getting to know people and made many lasting friendships during her long life.  She was “Aunt Kay” to many.  She was the matriarch of a very close and loving family and she will be deeply missed. 

She was predeceased by her loving husband Alan L. Anderson, her son Alan W. Anderson, her son-in-law Nathan Gallant, her brothers John, Richard and Robert Goff and sisters Evelyn York and Anna Crowley.  She is survived by daughters Jane Gallant, Karen Pike and husband Russell, Joanne Nelson and husband David, Lynda Penny and husband Michael, daughter-in-law Julie Anderson, grandchildren Marianne, Catherine, and Nathan Gallant, Zachary and Emily Pike, Matthew Nelson, Ryun and Asher Anderson, Braxton and Courtney Penny, 6 great-grandchildren (and was looking forward to the arrival of her 7th due this August), sister-in-law Sandy Goff, many nieces and nephews, and good friends.  

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, June 10 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Pius Church, Ocean Avenue, Portland, followed by a gathering in the church hall.

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Helen L. (Foster) Sears

South Portland – Helen L. Sears, 84, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2016.  

Born in Yarmouth, Massachusetts on 10/22/1931 she was the daughter of Sumner and Mildred (Goodwin) Foster.  She attended schools in So. Yarmouth, MA and moved to South Portland, Maine in 1943.  She graduated from Portland High School in 1949.  

She was employed by the offices of Sears Roebuck, Maine Security Systems and Hannaford retiring in 1989.  Helen enjoyed gardening, crocheting, reading, baking and going to lunch with her many friends but most of all she loved spending time with her family. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, William A Sears, Sr. in 1992 as well as her parents and brothers Howard & Frank Foster, sister Jean Crowe all of Hyannis, MA and sister Sharon Lantigua of Arundel, ME. 

She is survived by her sister, Diane Anderson of Clearwater, FL.  Helen will be deeply missed by her son, William A. Sears, Jr and his wife, Dianne; her grandson, Daniel B., and her granddaughter, Laura M. all of South Portland, whom she loved and adored with all of her heart.   She also loved her many nieces and nephews. The family thanks the wonderful caregivers of Advantage Home Care and Genesis Healthcare at Pine Point Center.  

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a casual prayer service to be held Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery; 672 Stevens Ave, Portland, Maine.  Burial to take place later this spring at Calvary Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Heroes Program of Maine:  www.warriorlegacyfoundation.org

Themed Cremation Packages

Many of the families we serve choose to have a unique and personal type of service for their loved one.  They choose to do something at home, or “up to camp”, or on the ocean, with the common theme being to celebrate the persons life instead of mourn their death.  So with that in mind, we have come up with several themed cremation packages, packages that give our families all the pieces needed to be able to plan such a celebration on their own; each one focused on the personality of the person who has passed.  From a veteran, to someone who loves sports or the outdoors, to someone who was conservation minded, we make things as simple as possible for those left behind.

 

Veterans ~ $1,695.00 (Save $95.00)

 

Includes:

~ Cremation

~ Choice of urn

~ Flag Case

~ Stationary Package Deluxe (register book, 50 thank you
               cards, 100 service folders, candle and 6 laminated
               obituaries)

 

 

 

 

Religious ~ $1,895.00 (Save $90.00)

 

Includes:

~ Cremation

~ Choice of urn

~ Floral Allowance

~ Memorial Candle  

~ Crucifix

~ Keepsake

~ Stationary Package (register book, 50 thank you
                cards and 100 service folders)

 

 

Classic ~ $1,750.00 (Save $50.00)

 

Includes:

~ Cremation

~ Choice of urn

~ Floral Allowance

~ Memorial Candle

~ Laminated Obituary / Bookmarks (2 sheets)

 

 

 

 

Ocean ~ $1,695.00 (Save $140.00)

 

Includes:

~ Cremation

~ Choice of urn

~ Choice of Sea Turtle or Sea Star Keepsake

~ Choice of cremation pendant (anchor/seahorse/crab)

~ Stationary Package (register book, 50 thank you
                cards and 100 service folders)

 

 

 

Fishing ~ $1,750.00 (save $100.00)

 

 

Includes:

~ Cremation

~ Urn

~ Memorial Candle

~ Choice of Cremation pendant (fish hook/bullet)

~ Stationary Package (register book, 50 thank you
                cards and 100 service folders)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunting ~ $1,695.00 (Save $80.00)

 

 

Includes:

~ Cremation

~ Urn

~ Candle

~ Choice of Cremation pendant (two bullet styles)

~ Stationary Package (register book, 50 thank you
                cards and 100 service folders)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball ~ $2,175.00 (Save $80.00)

 

 

Includes:

~ Cremation

~ Urn

~ Candle

~ Choice of Cremation pendant 

~ Stationary Package (register book, 50 thank you
                cards and 100 service folders)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Football ~ $1,775.00 (Save $75.00)

 

  

Includes:

~ Cremation

~ Urn

~ Candle

~ Cremation pendant 

~ Stationary Package (register book, 50 thank you
                cards and 100 service folders)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gardener ~ $1,995.00 (Save $130.00) 

 

 

Includes:

~ Cremation

~ Choice of urn

~ Rose Keepsake 

~ Floral Allowance

~ Stationary Package Deluxe (register book, 50 thank you cards, 100 service folders, candle and 6 laminated obituaries)

 

  

 

Crafter ~ $1,710.00  (Save $100.00)

 

 

Includes:

~ Cremation

~ Choice of urn

~ Tealight candle keepsake

~ Floral Allowance

~ Candle

~ Stationary Package (register book, 50 thank you 
                cards and 100 service folders)

 

 

Camper/Outdoors ~ $1,650.00 (Save $50.00)

 

 

Includes:

~ Cremation

~ Choice of urn

~ Candle

~ Stationary Package (register book, 50 thank you
               cards and 100 service folders)

 

 

 

 

Conservationist #1 ~ $1,550.00 (Save $60.00)

 

 

Includes:

~ Cremation

~ Choice of urn

~ Stationary Package (register book, 50 thank you 

                cards and 100 service folders)

 

 

 

 

Conservationist #2 ~ $1,775.00 (Save $100.00) 

 

 

Includes:

~ Cremation

~ Choice of urn

~ Stationary Package Deluxe (register book, 50 thank you
               cards, 100 service folders, candle and 6 laminated
               obituaries)

 

 

When a Death Occurs

What to bring with you to the funeral home

 

There are a number of items that you will need to bring to the funeral home in the days before the funeral service. Bringing as much as possible with you to the arrangement conference will help with the planning process.

 

  • A photo of your loved one to use in their online obituary.
  • Paperwork:

 

  • General information about the deceased (birth date, city and state of birth, Social Security number, parent’s names, educational institutions, marital status)
  • Copies of life insurance policies
  • Military discharge papers (DD 214 form) if applicable
  • Cemetery paperwork if applicable
  • Funeral prearrangement paperwork if applicable

 

  • Personal effects:

 

  • Clothing, undergarments, shoes, glasses (if applicable) and jewelry for your loved one

 

What to expect at the funeral arrangement conference:

The funeral arrangement conference is the primary planning session for the funeral services for your loved one. Our staff will be in communication with you during the days leading up to your services, to finalize many details, but the majority of decisions will be made at this conference.

You can expect to be at the arrangement conference for approximately one and a half to two hours. During this time we will assist you in creating a service that truly reflects and honors the life of your loved one. We will also help you with selecting merchandise and developing an online memorial to your loved one. Finally, we will discuss your wishes regarding cemetery property and a marker or monument.

Some families choose to have one or two family representatives attend the conference, while other families prefer that everyone be present. We can accommodate whatever meets your needs. If you plan to have more than six family members attending, please let us know in advance so we will be prepared for your arrival.

Many of the details covered in the arrangement conference can be taken care of in advance. Our staff is available to sit down and discuss your wishes ahead of time, whenever is convenient for you. Often, when a death is considered to be imminent by medical professionals, a family will come in to the funeral home and make their selections, reducing the number of decisions that need to be made after the death occurs. For more information, please see our advance planning section.

Applying for benefits

 

Our staff will file a notice with Social Security that your loved one has died. Please provide your funeral director with your loved one’s Social Security number to begin the process. After the notification, you should contact Social Security to discuss benefits for you and your family. They can be reached at 1-800-772-1213. To speak with a representative, please be sure to call between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Benefits vary by a number of conditions, including the age and relation of the surviving family members, and can also change over time. Please review the information and instructions at the Social Security website, www.SocialSecurity.gov for the most up-to-date information.

Veterans, please see our veteran’s benefits page

Filing paperwork with banks, utilities and more.

After the death of a loved one, many families are surprised by the number of individuals and organizations that must be notified in order to claim benefits, change billing addresses or end services

Some of these entities include your loved one’s bank, credit card provider, church, accountant, attorney, estate executor, home, life and health insurance providers, utility companies, phone company, home maintenance providers, physician, dentist, newspaper and magazine subscription offices and government agencies such as the Social Security Administration, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the US Postal Service, Veterans Administration and the voters’ registration office, and many others.

This can be an overwhelming task, and it can be difficult to know where to start. Our staff can provide you with a Resource Guide with sample letters to all of these entities to assist you in the notifications. The Guide is available in paper or CD format. It will help you work through all of the notifications in an orderly manner, streamlining the process.

You will need a certified copy of your loved one’s death certificate in order to make many of these notifications. Our staff will take care of ordering the certificates from the Office of Vital Statistics and notify you when they are ready. A photo copy of the certificate is often enough for many organizations, but we recommend obtaining several certified copies as a precaution. We can also order more copies to you in the future if necessary.

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