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2023 Obituaries

Marjorie E. Rackliff

Rackliff WebsiteDresden- Marjorie E. Rackliff, 93, died on Monday, January 23, 2023, at Augusta Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Augusta.

She was born in Dresden on December 22, 1929, the daughter of Elmer C. and Ruth (Delano) Berry.

Marjorie was a homemaker and an AVON sales Representative for over 20 years.

She enjoyed Family Happy Hour on Friday nights, reading historical novels, Family Camps, and all the times she was able to spend time with her loving family.

Marjorie was predeceased by her Parents, her loving husband of 61 years Richard, her sister Shirley Cronk, and her brother Alvin Berry.

She is survived by her daughters Bonnie Delano and her husband Dana of Dresden, Louann Pontau and her husband Robert of Wiscasset, Sonia Pearson and her husband Timothy of Wiscasset, son Richard Rackliff Jr., and his wife Katie of Wiscasset, brother Elmer Berry, Jr. and his wife Judy, 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A private celebration of Marjorie's life will occur at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME  04357

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Valerie Ethel Woodworth

pic woodworthIt is with sadness that we announce the passing of Valerie Ethel Woodworth, beloved mother and friend. Valerie was born in August 1941 and raised on an apple farm in Berwick, Nova Scotia, where she developed a strong sense of community and a love for helping others.

In early adulthood, Valerie was offered an opportunity as a model with L'Oréal and moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she married and raised two sons. She later began a successful career in elder foster care. Her dedication to her residents and their well-being was evident in the love and care that she provided to each and every one of them.

In her retirement years, Valerie moved to Dresden, Maine, where she volunteered with the Wiscasset Senior Center and Dresden Historical Society. Her passion for helping the elderly and preserving the past continued to shine through in the work that she did.

Valerie was also known for her love of cats, and her home was filled with their purring presence. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her, but her legacy will live on through the countless lives that she touched.  She is predeceased by her husband Lewis and is survived by her two sons, Samuel of Brunswick and Gregory (Kelly) of Geneva NY. At Valerie's request, there will be no public visitation and a memorial will be scheduled by the family at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME  04357

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Madeline B. Dowe

pic DoweChina- Madeline B. Dowe passed away peacefully at her home on January 22, 2023, at the age of 83.

Madeline was the 5th of 14 children.

She worked many jobs throughout her life. Finally settling down, mom and dad built, owned and operated Dowe's Variety Store for 20 years.

She is predeceased by her husband of 63 years Robert C. Dowe, and grandsons Justin Hatch and Dennis Dowe. Her parents and several siblings.

She is survived by: son Robert C. Dowe II, and wife Jennifer, daughter Julie Finley and husband John, daughter Kelley Warren, son Glenn Dowe, son Donald Dowe and wife Melissa. Family friends, Tamara and Dean Sheaff, and Elaine Farrell. Twelve grandchildren, and Fourteen great grandchildren. Several Sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews.

Our family would like to thank Elaine Farrell and Marilyn Reed for their comfort and care and love that they provided our mom for so many months. With their support we were able to keep mom at home. Mom is now dancing in heaven with our dad!

A graveside service will be held in spring. After the service a gathering of family and friends will be held on the back lawn of the Dowe Family home where we can celebrate the life of this most special woman!

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to: The South China Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 325, China, ME  04358, or The American Legion Post 179 in China, 79 Legion Memorial Dr, South China, ME 04358. 

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME  04357.

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Jeffrey Ackley

pic AckleyJeffrey Ackley, 63 of Richmond Maine passed away peacefully on Friday, January 20th with family by his side after a long, brave battle with lung cancer.

He was born in Machias, Maine on February 24,1959 to Fred & Emma Ackley (Smith) and grew up in Cutler, Maine with 7 other siblings. Jeff grew up and started creating his own family and enjoying his life. He started his employment with Guilford Railroad as a railroad conductor for many many years. After a long life on the railroad he went on to enjoy becoming a deckhand on a lobster boat with good friend, Mickey during the Summer months. Most recently before he became ill he had accomplished his class B license and became a truck driver for Panther Trucking to where he had the opportunity to travel and see most of the United States.

Jeff was truly an avid outdoorsmen all of his life and enjoyed everything it entailed. Down to hunting, fishing, boating, ATVs and spending weekends up to camp. He also loved the ocean and would spend hours metal detecting the beaches for lost treasures. He was always the one looking for a great deal, either seeking a Mardens find, Craigslist or simply a good ole yard sale. The last few years he enjoyed spending his days at his sons boatyard lending a helping hand anywhere he could. Most of all, Jeff adored his family and friends and loved nothing more than the role of being a father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend or just a listening ear. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Amanda Ackley of Livermore Falls; Son, Peter Ackley of Douglasville GA; Daughter, Erica Ackley of Richmond ME. Grandchildren, Emma, Julianna, Conner, Abigale and Thomas. Great granddaughter, Ellie; Brothers, Danny, Allen and Frank. Sisters, Darlene, Jeanine and Mariel. Predeceased by both of his parents, Fred and Emma, brother Bradley, nephew Ian and niece Lori.

Funeral services will be held to the public on Saturday, January 28th at Kincer Funeral Home in Richmond ME. Viewing will be held from 11:00am-12:00pm with a service to follow. Reception will take place at Kimberly's Restaurant in Richmond at 1:00pm.

Condolences and flowers can be sent to 130 Pleasant Street, Richmond ME 04357

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Kathryn Pauline (leslie) Conley

Kathryn Pauline Leslie ConleyKathryn Pauline (Leslie) Conley
Bowdoinham, ME
March 8, 1934 - December 20, 2022
Kathryn Pauline (Leslie) Conley, 88, of Bowdoinham, Maine passed away peacefully at home
surrounded by family on December 20th, 2022.
Kathryn was born March 8th, 1934, in a small house tucked in a little harbor on Deer Island,
New Brunswick, Canada. She was one of ten children of the late Osgood and Effie (Doughty)
Leslie. She had a humble childhood attending a one room schoolhouse on the island yet magical
as she fondly recalled ice skating on the pond in the winter. She also had not so fond memories
having to pick blueberries in the summer before she could go swimming. She would reminisce
about riding in a horse-and-buggy around the quaint island. Her family lived off their vegetable
garden and cows. Her father was a fisherman and they often had fish for supper.
She married Edward Clinton Conley, also from Deer Island, on October 12th, 1952. They
eventually settled in South Portland, Maine where she worked packing sardines in Portland,
then Fairchild National Semiconductor, and eventually Idexx. Edward passed away October
29th, 2001, and she remained in South Portland until 2017. She moved to Bowdoinham to live
with her son Scott and family in a custom-built mother-in-law apartment. She was able to live
at home with her family taking good care of her for the remainder of her life.
She loved quilting, sewing, and anything crafty. Some of her fondest memories were going to
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to stay with the Amish 25 years annually with her dear friend
Ann Cloutier. She loved the ocean, seafood and eating lunch at Bug Light in South Portland. She
always had tacos on Fridays and beans every Saturday night. She enjoyed watching Wheel of
Fortune and Jeopardy. She loved phone calls from old friends and dear family and spending
time with her son, daughter in law and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by those who
loved her.
She is survived by her son, Scott Conley, daughter in law Rebecca (Boothby) Conley and
grandchildren Blake and Savannah Conley.
Brother Roger Leslie and sister-in-law Peggy of Fairhaven, NB. Canada, sister Muriel Estabrooks
of Saint Stephen, NB. Canada, sister Ruth Lyons of Calais, Maine. Kathryn was predeceased by
both parents, her husband Edward Conley, her brothers Maxwell, Stanley and Willard Leslie,
sisters Doris Cogswell, Betty Heywood and Ida Leslie.
The Family would like to thank CHANS Home Health & Hospice, Mid Coast Hospital and
Brentwood Rehab & Nursing Center, Kincer Funeral Home and all the friends and family who
have and continue to reach out with loving sympathy and support.
She will be buried next to her husband Edward with a graveside service at Forest City Cemetery

in South Portland in May.

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Patricia M. Walsh

pic walsh2Richmond-Patricia M. Walsh, 71, of Lilac Lane, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2023 surrounded by her family and pets.

She was born in Gardiner on June 24, 1951 the daughter of Leon and Francis Wentworth.

Pat attended Cosheese College where she received her bachelors degree. She later went on to be a nurse and a substance abuse counselor at Togus and BIW.

Pat enjoyed camp, hunting with her husband, gardening and especially time spent with family.

She was predeceased by the love of her life John Walsh and son Michael Wentworth. She is survived by her daughters Kari Creamer, Leslie McNeal, Jennifer Wentworth, sisters Joyce Cochrane, Shirley Jamison, Patty Marshall, grand kids Elisa-Anne, Mackenzie,, Jasmine, Zachary, Adam, Ellie, Gabriel, Samuel, nieces and nephews.

Per Pat's request there will be no funeral services at this time. There will be a graveside service to take place at a later date.

Donations may be made to the Animal Rescue of Kennebec at arcofmaine.org

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John Edward Pearson

pic Pearson JohnJohn Edward Pearson, died unexpectedly on January 8th , 2023, after a 6 day fight for his life with a scary diagnosis of a pulmonary embolism, that also his identical twin Mark passed away with just a few weeks ago. He was only 54 years old. The family is deeply saddened and shocked by his sudden death.  John was born on November 3, 1968.

John is survived and missed by his loving wife Angie Pearson of 8 years; and his children; Joey, Abigail, Nick, Danyelle, Damien and Amanda. Forever cherished and remembered by his seven grandchildren, Riley, Maddison, Willow, Oswin, Jameson, Greyson and Dax. He has another grandchild due the end of July. Siblings and their families; Jim Pearson, Micheal & Jackie, Tim & Sonia, and Dotty. His memory will be cherished by our family and so many others.

His memory lives on with his nieces, nephews, cousins, 2 Aunts and great nieces and nephews.

John was predeceased by his parents Sewall & Ramona, his identical twin brother Mark (just a few weeks ago 12/12/2022), his brother (Slugger) Sewall Jr. , his brother Brian, step son Chris and his first wife Stephanie.

He was born in Brunswick, Maine.  He lived in Bath, Maine and graduated from Morse High School, class of 1987. Later he moved to Richmond, Maine.

Some of his greatest joy came from his children and grandchildren. They created many memories while enjoying adventures and trips as a family like the zoo, amusement parks, fairs, Boothbay Railway Museum, Bath Christmas Trolley, Richmond Day fireworks and Bath, July 4th parades and barbecues. He loved making Christmas cookies and carving pumpkins with the children and grandkids. He loved the trips to Rangeley with his brothers as well as with his wife and children. He loved Quill Hill and fishing. He enjoyed going to Christian concerts, dance recitals, and any of the children’s events. He enjoyed going to living museums and history. He volunteered as a JV basketball coach for Richmond.  He worked in children’s ministry with his late wife Stephanie as well as his wife Angie. He enjoyed fires with family and friends at the fire pit outback of his home and watch the deer under the apple-tree. He dreamt of all the yard work projects he wanted to do as he loved it. He loved going on date nights, out to eat, camping, and adventures as well as going dancing at Mixers in Sabattus on Sunday evening retro nights with his wife.

He took an active role in the lives of his children and grandchildren. When he was a young boy, he was involved in youth group, Sunday school, cub scouts, little league, and Richmond youth group. He loved to watch American Idol, Oak Island, and any Marvel movies. He loved comic books, collecting games, retro toys, baseball cards and beanie babies. He was excited to have his car all decked out in storm trooper and play his Star Wars cd.

John had many professions throughout his life. He worked mostly in retail management for Staples, Lowes, Dollar Tree (store manager), Kmart, and Walmart. He also worked for RSU 2 Richmond School District, and also did Door dash and Walmart deliveries, and last as a Material Supervisor at Bath Iron Works.

John was never scared to take on new opportunities and did everything with honesty and integrity. He had very strong values and was well liked by everyone, mostly due to his positive energy. John had incredible patience, and always made time to help others. He would say we live for others. He had a quirky but great sense of humor. His legacy will carry on forever reminding us that we control our attitudes. We choose to live a life of meaningful acts of love and service, like Christ modeled for us.
There are no words that can express how grateful and blessed we are to our friends who were there for us on the night of his passing. Also, a heartfelt thank you to Mid Coast Hospital and Maine Medical Center and their teams for doing everything they could.

Service will be held at 11A.M  on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Open Door Bible Baptist Church, Lisbon, Maine   26 Gartley St. Lisbon, Me 04250 it will also be live-streamed for those who cannot make it.  
There will be a gathering downstairs after to see pictures and to share stories.

In Lieu of flowers if you would like to bring a dish to share or donation to the family it would be greatly appreciated.

To make a donation to the family,  https://gofund.me/46565721

Let’s honor him by dressing nice but simple as he would have liked that.

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