James H. Heckman Sr.

Died: Sep 1, 2012
James H. Heckman Sr.
Vassalboro, ME — Jim lost his courageous battle with cancer on September 1, 2012. He was born on December 31, 1938 in Dayton Ohio. He was the son of Henry (Gus) and Barbara C. Heckman. He graduated from Troy High School, Troy Ohio. Jim entered the Air Force after graduation. He served his country for four years and was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1961. He met his wife of 51 years, Ethel Ramsey, while stationed at Dow A.F.B. in Bangor, Maine. They were married in Orono, Maine on July 15, 1961. They were blessed with three wonderful children, James Heckman Jr., Scott Heckman and Traci Bernatchez.
 
Jim was a member of the JC’s and a lifetime member of the Kiwanis Club, and coach of the Kiwanis youth hockey team. Jim was a well-known businessman and auctioneer in the area for many years he worked for Singer Sewing Machine, White House Appliances, Pine Tree Furniture and The Morning Sentinel. He and Ethel also owned several businesses which included, Tiny Tot Diaper Service, Heckman’s Auctions and Heckman’s Party Palace. Most recently Jim was an auctioneer for Acadia Auto Auctions in Richmond and Newburg, Maine as well as Southern Auto Auctions in South Windsor Connecticut. Jim was well respected by his peers and was recently inducted into the Auctioneers Hall of Fame.
 
Jim is predeceased by his parents, Henry (Gus) and Barbara Heckman, infant sister Barbara Jean and grandsons C.J., and Lucas Heckman. He is survived by his wife Ethel, sons Jimmy and his fiancée Leora, Scott and his wife Kia, daughter Traci and her husband Kevin Bernatchez, grandsons Trevor Heckman, Kalib Bernatchez and Jacob Bernatchez, mother-in-law Ethel Ramsey, sisters-in-law Lucretia Smith , Rae Ann Oakes and her husband Peter, his surrogate daughter, personal nurse and all around good sport Jennifer Estes. He will also be missed by countless lifelong friends.
 
At Jims request a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday September 22nd at 1:00pm at Port City Auto Auction, 28 Port City Lane Richmond, Maine
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Service, 981 Forest Ave. Portland, ME. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Jim’s guestbook.
 
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
 
Maine State Police K9 Unit
15 Oak Grove Road
Vassalboro, Maine 04989
 
Messalonskee High School Hockey
Hockey Team Players Account
c/o Tom Hill
131 Messalonskee High Drive
Oakland, Maine 04963

Joyce A. (Alward) Powers

Died: Aug 29, 2012
Joyce A. (Alward) Powers
Windham – Joyce A. (Alward) Powers, 81, of Portland died on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at her son’s home in Windham. 
 
She was born in Portland, ME on March 25, 1931 a daughter of the late Alfred & Florence (Brume) Alward. She grew up in Portland attending local area schools and graduated from Portland High School and remained a Portland resident most of her life.
 
Joyce worked as a printer for Fairchild’s and Dow Check for many years before retiring.
 
When her children were younger she was also very active in the Cub and Boy Scouts, helping her son Jim to obtain Eagle Scout.
 
Joyce was a very social and helpful person and was a pillar within her neighborhood. She was also extremely dedicated to her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 
She is survived by her son James R. Powers of Windham, her daughter Susan Powers of Portland, her two grandchildren Adam and Heidi-Jo Powers both of Portland and her two great grandchildren Kyahana Powers and Kaylyn Coty. She also leaves her brother Arnold Alward and his wife Pauline of Scarborough and her two sisters Gloria Huffnagel and her husband Paul of Shreveport, VA and Beverly Worthly and her husband Russell of Virginia Beach, VA as well as several nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Donald Alward who died in 2012. She was also the ex-wife of the late Matthew Powers.
 
At Joyce’s request there will be no services.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Joyce’s guestbook.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce’s memory can be made to:
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place 
Memphis, TN 38105
www.stjude.org

Ruth C. Moore

Died: Aug 28, 2012
Ruth C. Moore

Portland- Ruth C. Moore, 50, of Portland, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at her home.

 

Ruth was born in Portland , relocated to Presque Isle, returning to Southern Maine in the early 1990’s.  Upon relocating to Portland, Ruth began receiving supports from PSL Services, where she was known by her many friends there as a passionate, outgoing, tough, independent woman. 

 

Ruth’s leadership skills often were on display, affectionately earning her the nickname “General Ruth”.  Throughout her time with PSL, Ruth wore many hats- both literally, with her love for collecting baseball caps, and figuratively, by serving in many roles within the organization. 

 

Ruth served as an officer on the Consumer Board, as a chartering member of the Aktion Club, as a cook in the Drop-in Center, and was especially fond of her role as Mrs. Claus during the annual Christmas Party. 

 

Ruth was a self-advocate, and always the first to introduce herself to guests, offer to volunteer, and offer her thoughts on any situation.  She loved spending time with friends, especially going out to breakfast or lunch. Her stories are as legendary as her potato salad, and her laughter was contagious.  She will be missed by all who had the good fortune to have met her.

 

A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at STRIVE, 28 Foden Road, South Portland, on Friday, September 7 at 10:30 a.m.

 

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland.  Please visit www. advantageportland.com to sign Ruth guestbook.

 

Darlene Lake

Died: Aug 26, 2012
Darlene Lake
Scarborough – Darlene Lake, 70, of Old Orchard Beach and San Marcos a la Luna Soloala, Guatemala, daughter of Donald and Jane Lake, graduate of Old Orchard Beach High School, died Sunday, August 26, 2012.
 
She was a lover of life and all things beautiful, a passionate voice and champion of horses and dogs. She was founder and director of The Retreat located on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, a community of small thatched villas where she resided for 15 years, and the author of “Woman on the Run”.
 
A private celebration of life will be held in the future.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Darlene’s guestbook.
 
Memorial donations in her memory can be made to:
 
Animal Refugee League
449 Stroudwater Street
Westbrook, ME 04092
or
Hospice of Southern Maine
180 US Route One
Scarborough, ME 04074

Nunzi Mancini Jr.

Died: Aug 19, 2012
PORTLAND — Nunzi Mancini Jr., 80, passed away on Aug. 19, 2012, with his family by his side.

He was born in Portland on May 30, 1932, to Nazzare and Mary (Iezzi) Mancini. Nunzi was raised on Munjoy Hill, where he resided for most of his life. He attended local schools and graduated from Portland High School, Class of 1950.

Nunzi was an outstanding athlete with several accomplishments on the Portland High School football and baseball teams where he served both teams as captain. In his senior year, Nunzi was the first captain for Ed Hadlock. Nunzi was also All-Telegram in his junior year of baseball and All-Southwestern Maine for football his senior year.

After high school, Nunzi served our country in the United States Air Force from March 1951 until March 1955. Among his several stations was a three-year service in post-World War II Germany during the time of the Korean War. After his service career, Nunzi went on to college. He graduated in 1960 from the former Farmington Teacher’s College with a Bachelor of Science degree and then he obtained his master’s degree from the University of Southern Maine in 1977. Nunzi went on to become a distinguished teacher with nearly a 30 year career. He began his teaching days in Kittery from 1960-1962 and then spent the remainder of his career at Falmouth Middle (Junior High) School from 1962-1987.

Throughout the years, Nunzi devoted his life to his daughter, Genice. He never missed an event or special occasion. Among his hobbies was photography. From the moment Genice was born until she graduated from high school, Nunzi took hundreds of pictures and movies of her. He also rarely missed one of her sporting events throughout school or any other important event. Until his death, his daughter was his pride and joy.

Nunzi enjoyed other hobbies as well. He was an avid sportsman and loved to go hunting with his brothers and friends. He also enjoyed fishing at his former lake home in Casco. He was an avid fan of the New England Patriots and the New York Yankees, although he watched the Boston Red Sox every night. He taught this daughter to enjoy sports and the outdoors as well.

Nunzi was predeceased by his parents; and brothers, Dominic, John and Joseph. He is survived by his daughter, Genice Mancini of Austin, Texas; sisters, Antionette Morrill, Anna Tuttle, both of Portland, and Teresa LaCroix of Old Orchard Beach; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Graveside prayers will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at Calvary Cemetery, 1461 Broadway, South Portland. Family and friends are invited to enter the Old Calvary section of the cemetery grounds at the office entrance. A light luncheon will follow services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made to:
Gosnell Memorial Hospice House
11 Hunnewell Rd.
Scarborough, Maine 04074

Robert D. Mooers

Died: Aug 16, 2012
Robert D. Mooers
Portland, ME – Robert D. Mooers, 74, of Gardiner died on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Manor after a battle with cancer.
 
He was born on April 10, 1938 in Gardiner, ME a son of the late Lewis M. & Bernice M. (Davis) Mooers. He grew up Gardiner attending local area schools and graduated from Gardiner High School.
 
Following high school, Bob joined the US Marine Corps and served his country before coming home at which time he went back to school and received an Associate’s degree from Thomas College. While attending Thomas College he also was given the Thomas Award. During his lifetime he went back to school several times and received a BS from the University of Maine, a CNA license from the Central Maine School of Nursing as well as obtaining a State public accountant’s license.
 
Bob held many jobs throughout his life; he owned and operated the F.N. Boston Fuel Company in Gardiner, from there he became the general manager of Gardiner Oil Co. He then went on to be Dist. Agent and security salesman for John Hancock. He also held several jobs as a public accountant including Artype, Inc., LaVandee, Inc. and the State Dept. of Education. His working career ending as a nursing assistant, working at the Veterans Hospital in Togus.  He also served as the Mayor of Gardiner from 1976 – 1978.
 
He was a member of the Highland Ave United Methodist Church in Gardiner as well as the Port Charlotte United Methodist Church in Port Charlotte, FL. He was also a member of the Gardiner Lions Club; he was the youth fellowship leader at Highland Ave United Methodist Church and a former member of the Highland Ave Methodist Church choir.
 
He is survived by his five children: David W. Mooers and his wife Sue of Hampden, ME; Richard L. Mooers and his wife Lisa of Waterford, CT; Robert L Mooers and Leslie Ellis of Dresden, ME; Holly J. Fontaine and her husband David of Edgerton, WI; Heather J. Dykes and her husband Mike of Naples, FL, and their mother Judith E. (McIntire) Cross of Port St. Lucie, FL.  He leaves a sister Barbara (Mooers) MacFarlane and her husband Larry of Litchfield, ME, seventeen grandchildren and three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was also the father of the late Jeffrey S. Mooers who died in 1967 and brother of the late Altha (Mooers) Purdy.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Highland Ave United Methodist Church, Highland Ave, Gardiner.
 
Burial will be private.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
American Cancer Society
1 Bowdoin Mill Island 
Topsham, ME 04086

Doris D. Dargie

Died: Aug 14, 2012
Doris D. Dargie
Lisbon, ME – Doris D. Dargie, 59, of Lisbon died unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday August 14, 2012.
 
She was born in Lewiston, ME a daughter of the late Honore’ N. Dargie & Juliette S. (Caron) Dargie of Auburn. She attended local area schools and graduated from Edward Little High School.
 
She worked as a manufacturer for Cooper Industries.
 
Doris enjoyed using the computer and using social networking as a means to keep in touch with family and friends. She was also very fond of cats and loved spending time with family especially her mother.
 
 She is survived by her two brothers Raymond Dargie and his wife Shirley of Oxford and Roger Dargie and his companion Valerie Ritchie of Poland as well as several nieces and nephews. She was also the aunt of the late Eric Dargie who died in 2004.
 
There will be no services.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Doris’s guestbook.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
American Cancer Society
1 Bowdoin Mill Island 
Topsham, ME 04086

Ronald R. Rioux

Died: Aug 13, 2012
Ronald R. Rioux
Ronald R Rioux of Lisbon Falls died Monday August 13, 2012 at St Mary’s Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
 
He was born in Lewiston, Maine on February 13, 1948 the son of Robert L Rioux and Rachel Turcotte. He grew up in the Lewiston/Auburn area where he attended Bishop Healy’s Orphanage and Camp Don Bosco in Fayette. He graduated from St. Dominic Regional HS in 1966 and attended both the former Auburn Maine School of Commerce and the University of Southern Maine.
 
Later he made his home in Lisbon Falls where he married Sandra Sidelinger. He was a veteran of the US Air Force having served in the US and abroad. He had a strong interest in antiques, old books and collectibles. He was an avid genealogist. 
 
He was predeceased by his mother and father and a brother Raymond Champagne. He is survived by his son Randal Rioux of Columbia, Maryland, a brother Normand L. Rioux and his wife Tina of Livermore, a sister Fernande G Champagne of Lewiston, and several nieces and nephews.
 
No services are planned.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Ronald’s guestbook.
 
In lieu of flowers donations can be directed to:
St. Marguerite d’Youville Fund
c/o St. Mary’s Development Office
PO Box 7291
Lewiston, ME 04243
or online at www.stmarysmaine.com

Lorraine J. (Meyers) Shea

Died: Aug 10, 2012
Lorraine J. (Meyers) Shea
Portland, ME – Lorraine J. (Meyers) Shea, 92, of Portland and formerly of Cinnaminson, NJ died on Friday, August 10, 2012 in Portland. She was the wife of the late Joseph W. Rogers, who died in 1989 and the late Jack Shea who died in 2010.
 
She was born in Philadelphia, PA on February 9, 1920 a daughter of the late William J. & Agnes (Weidel) Meyers. Lorraine grew up in Palmyra, NJ, attending local area schools and graduating from Palmyra High School before moving to the neighboring town of Cinnaminson, where she would spend fifty years before moving to Portland Maine in June of 2010.
 
Lorraine was very proud of the fact that she worked as a secretary for the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during WWII. After which she married Joseph Rogers in 1943.
 
She enjoyed sports and volunteered coaching sports such as hockey and basketball.
 
She is survived by her two daughters Lorrie Maciag, owner of the Fore Street Gallery, of Portland and Janet Kurz and her husband Robert of Southport, NC. She also leaves her three grandchildren Andrei Maciag and his wife Ellie of Falmouth, ME and Robert and Chris Kurz both of Philadelphia, PA. Lorraine also leaves her beagle “Scooter” who was treated like a grandchild. She was also the mother –in-law of the late Dr. Thomas Maciag who died in 2004.
 
There will be no services.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Lorraine’s guestbook.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:
Animal Refuge League
442 Stroudwater Street
Westbrook, ME 04092

Selena R. (Himmelman) Soederberg

Died: Aug 10, 2012
Selena R. (Himmelman) Soederberg
FALMOUTH– Selena Ruth Soederberg, formerly of Concord MA and Stratham NH, died on August 10, 2012, at Maine Medical Center with her family close to her side and a thunderstorm raging outside. 
 
She was born on December 29, 1933 in Newton MA, the daughter of Helen Leonard and Asaph S. Himmelman of Houghs Neck (Quincy) MA. Selena was educated in Marlborough MA, earned her RN from Worcester Memorial Hospital in 1955 and for years poured her oversized heart into psychiatric nursing at Emerson Hospital’s Wheeler Three in Concord MA where she helped innumerable patients cope with disease.
 
Selena had a unique ability to look someone in the eyes and see what was special in them, as well as what was troubling them. Selena used this gift to brighten the day for just about everyone she met. She had an amazing grace and is greatly missed.
 
Selena is survived by her husband Harold F. Soederberg, her three children Catherine Wesinger of Brunswick ME; Eric Soederberg and wife Beth of Bedford, NH; and Lisa Miller and her husband Brian of Davis CA.   She was a proud “Grummy” to six grandchildren and aunt to many nieces and nephews that will keep her alive in their memories. Her brothers Ashaph Jr. and Bill, as well as her sister Martha Nelson survived her and she was predeceased by her brothers Leonard and Jerry.
 
As a “Dyed in the wool Democrat” Selena was active in protesting against the Vietnam War and a proud supporter of compassionate causes.   She loved her country.
 
She owed the last 15 years of her life to a transplanted kidney that she nurtured and protected at all costs. She held volunteer positions at the KT/DA to support renal disease patients and families.
 
Selena had a passion for pottery and loved to practice the art at the Emerson Umbrella in Concord MA. She was an avid Scrabble and Canasta player and lover of laughter. Selena spread her love with fresh baked Tollhouse cookies, apple and strawberry rhubarb pies with fresh fruit from her gardens.
 
A memorial service will be held at the First Parish Church, 425 Congress Street, Portland Maine on Sunday August 19th at 1:30pm.
 
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in her name to her favorite political candidate, or to the KT/DA (Kidney Transplant/Dialysis Association Inc.).