Obituaries

Diana J. McIntire

McIntireGreene-Diana J. McIntire passed away on August 7, 2019 at the age of 81.

Diana lived most of her life in Bath but resided and was cared for by her sister, Jackie and family, the last few months of her life. She was born in Dresden, Maine, daughter of Jesse and Jean James on November 26, 1937. Diana attended schools in Dresden and moved to Bath after she married.

While raising her family, Diana worked for the Bath School Department. She moved to New York in 1980 and worked at West Point Military Academy but returned to Maine in 1985 and worked at Bath Iron Works in the engineering department as a technical clerk until retiring in 2003.

Diana was an avid softball player in the 70s and was a star first baseman for Dana’s Ladies in the Women’s Softball League in Brunswick. Despite being the oldest player on the team, she played like she was the youngest with a great glove and a smooth swing.

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Josephine E. Merrill

Richmond-Josephine E. Merrill, 100, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at her home. 

She was born on December 20, 1918 in Dresden, Maine the daughter of Calvin and Ida James.

She was a member of the Richmond, Church of the Nazarene and the local senior group.

Josephine enjoyed spending time with family and friends, taking car trips and making snacks for fellowship times at her church.

Her work history included a local shoe factory, the school hot lunch program and the school superintendent’s office.

Josephine was predeceased by her parents, 7 siblings, and husband Edmund.

She is survived by her sons, Carleton from Auburn, Roger from Richmond, and Timothy from Newburgh; 6 grandchildren, and 29 great grandchildren.

There will be no visitation hours.  A graveside service will take place on Monday, the 5th of August at 11 a.m. in Cotton Cemetery, Richmond.

Irene F. Christian

ChristianBowdoinham-Irene F. Christian passed away July 7th, 2019 with her two unofficially adopted daughters, Connie Peacock of Dresden and Jacinta Blodgett of Bowdoinham, by her side. 
She was born May 6th, 1936 in Danbury CT., to Victor and Luana Staib. 
After graduating from Newton High School class of 1954, she married Walter A. Cole.  They had four children and later divorced.  In 1963 she married her beloved husband, Roger A. Christian, who predeceased her in 1984.  Irene was also predeceased by a daughter and son.  She is survived by a daughter, son, multiple grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and many friends. 
Irene loved to crochet, knit, and craft with plastic canvas; she loved birds, flowers, and going to car shows. 
At her request, there will be no visiting hours.  A service will be held at the Central Maine Veterans' Cemetery, on Civic Center Drive, in the outdoor pavilion, and then she'll be buried next to her husband, Roger. 
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choosing.

Lois M. Ames

AmesLisbon Falls-Lois M. Ames, 79, passed away on July 8, 2019 at Marshwood Nursing Home, Lewiston.

She was born on June 2, 1940 in Worcester, Ma the daughter of Vernon and Bridget Harmon.

Lois enjoyed bowling, traveling, playing cards and especially her grand kids.  She was a past member of the Good Time Lanes in Lisbon Falls.

She was predeceased by her parents, brother Joe Harmon, Frank Harmon, Lee Harmon, Larry Harmon and sister Helen Krog.  Lois is survived by her husband of 59 years Walter Ames Sr., of Lisbon Falls, daughter's Vicky and husband Robert of Bowdoinham, Virginia and husband Roger of Lisbon Falls, Terri and husband Michael of Mechanic Falls, son's Rick and wife Darlene of Alaska, Walter Jr., and wife Ann Marie of Chelsea, Timothy and wife Tina of Sabattus, brother's Richard Harmon and wife Mary Joe of Lisbon Falls, Ralph Harmon of Bowdoin, sister Harriet Hudson and husband Stephen of Litchfiled, 16 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 1 great great grand daughter, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Friday, July 12th from 6 to 8pm at Kincer Funeral Home.  A funeral service will take place on Saturday, July 13th at 2pm also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the West Bowdoin cemetery.

In Lois' memory donations may be made to the St. Judes Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

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

Arthur J. Gaudreau Sr

arthurBowdoinham-Arthur J. Gaudreau, Sr., 73, passed on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at his home.

He was born on October 22, 1945 Portland the son of Edward and Edith (Hoyt) Gaudreau. 
 

Arthur enjoyed sports. He played basketball in high school and softball in a local men's league in his younger years. He was an avid Red Sox fan and NY Giants fan.

Arthur proudly served two years in the Army between 1965 and 1967.  He started working at Bath Iron Works in 1965.  Arthur later completed the apprenticeship program for the electrical department, retiring after 43 years as an electrician at B.I.W.   Arthur was also a member of the Richmond American Legion for many years.

He was predeceased by his parents and sister Jean Gaudreau and his oldest son Arthur J. Gaudreau, Jr.  Arthur is survived by his wife of 53 years Pat Gaudreau, daughters Elizabeth(Steve) Dunn and Athena (David)Mann, son Matthew (Michelle)Gaudreau, Daugther-in-Law Lori Gaudreau, 10 grandchildren Abigail(Ryan) Smith, Spencer Dunn, AJ, Noah, and Benjamin Gaudreau, Richard and Christopher Mann, Mason and Marcus Gaudreau and 1 great grandson, Jonah Smith, 3 Brothers Edward, Robert and David Gaudreau and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, July 13th at 10am at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Richmond, Me 04357.  Burial will take place on Wednesday, July 17th at noon at Maine Veterans Cemetery,  Mt. Vernon Rd. Augusta, Maine 04330

In Lieu of Flowers, if desired, Richmond Area Food Pantry 15 Spruce St., Richmond, ME 04357 or Mid Coast Humane
30 Range Rd. Brunswick, ME 04011

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

Donna M. Colby

DonnaRichmond-Donna M. Colby, 74, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2019 after a battle with cancer.

She was born on September 21, 1944 in Richmond the daughter of Rowland and Marion Hanson.

In her younger days she worked at Etonic Shoe, Prouts Farm, Claristat and cleaning homes in the local area.

Donna loved to work in her garden, crafts, crosswords, being with family and friends.  Donna will be remembered by the local town residents for always waving or saying hello as they past by her home.

Donna is survived by her daughter Faylene Colby of Richmond, son Thomas Colby of Farmingdale, granddaughter Demi Colby, niece Billie-Jo of Richmond, a great nephew Raymond of Richmond and several cousins.  She was predeceased by her parents, sister's Faye Howard, Bonnie Hanson, Barbara Hanson all of Richmond, Gertrude Hanson of Bowdoin and Richmond, brother's Roland Hanson and Gary Hanson both of Richmond.

She will be buried next to her parents and siblings.  Per Donna's request there will not be any funeral services.

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

Russell P. Kotow

kotow1Bowdoinham - Russell Phillip Kotow, 74, of Dingley Road, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in his home. He was born in Innsbruck, Austria, March 5, 1945, the son of Nicholai and Vera Kotow. He is predeceased by his parents and two sisters Valerie and Eva. He leaves behind his brother Nicholas known to many as Nicki, his three sons Russell Jr., Toby, Jonathan, and one daughter Katie, and five grandchildren. Russell served eight years in the US Army and was in the 82nd Airborne in Korea. His military service also included his highly earned position as marksman on the rifle team, training his platoon skilled precision shooting at targets of longer than usual ranges with sniper rifles. We're going to miss all of Russell's army stories, and fishing and hunting experiences, good and bad. Russell enjoyed freshwater and saltwater fishing, and hunting. 
He was always there to help friends and relatives whatever the problem was as best he could. Russell was known for his kind personality, his sense of humor, and his easy-going outlook on life. But like every other thing in this world, the life we live is only temporary. Russell will be greatly missed by a lot of people. We already miss you dad. There is nothing in life that can prepare us to bear this void. We will always love you and remember dad.
There will be a funeral for Russell at 2:30pm on Wednesday, June 26 at St. Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Church, 15 Church Street, in Richmond, Maine, with burial to follow at Richmond Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at http://www.kincerfuneralhome.com.  

Barbara Sullivan Gray

GrayBARBARA SULLIVAN GRAY, BOWDOINHAM

Bowdoinham-We lost our beautiful Mom and Nana on June 21, 2019 after a period of failing health resulting from cancer and a recent heart attack. She died at the home of her daughter, Suzi, with the help of hospice, her other daughters and her niece. She will be sorely missed by all of us.

Barbara Ann Sullivan Gray was born on April 28, 1930 to parents Maurice and Edith Sullivan in Oakland, ME. Her family moved to Richmond in 1943 and she always considered herself "from Richmond". She was an RN (graduating from Mercy School of Nursing in 1951) and worked in many nursing positions during her career, including Robinson's Nursing Home in Gardiner for 17 years as Director of Nursing. She retired three times, the last being at age 75.

She married Ken Gray of Hallowell in 1951 and they had six children. They lived in Bar Harbor for many years, Stonington, Gardiner and then back to Richmond.

Mom was an environmentalist before her time, recycling and reusing things back in the 60s. She was very thrifty and knew how to stretch a dollar and find the best bargain anywhere. She had a huge interest in nutrition and health, constantly learning and sharing her knowledge with others (in the interest of helping them live longer). It certainly worked for her, living to the age of 89! She loved color and collected things from near and far, all displayed in her apartment.

She had many interests in her life: sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting (all mediums), pottery, wood working, basket making, reading, Sudoku, gardening and traveling.. She sewed herself a new dress for her granddaughter's wedding at age 87. She loved to cook and preserve food by canning, pickling and making jams. She played bridge weekly and attended water aerobics class 3 times a week right up until a few months ago.

She was a kind, wise, personable, helpful, interesting and interested woman. Family was very important to her and she could remember every detail of the lives of her large family. She attended every sporting event of her grandchildren that she could. She had a deep faith and was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Richmond.

She was predeceased by her parents, a brother (Bobby), a sister (Mary LaRochelle), husband (Ken) and a son (David). She is survived by five children: Terry Gray and husband, Rusty Kendrick, of Richmond, Gary Gray and wife, Sandy, of New Jersey; Lori Boyce and partner, Stuart Varisco, of Stonington; Shari Johnson and husband, Tom, of Florida; Suzi Lancaster and husband, Hugh, of Bowdoinham; Brothers: Jim Sullivan and wife, Georgia (SC), Mossie Sullivan and wife, Jane (Hawaii) and Tom Sullivan and wife, Donna (Richmond); Grandchildren: Brent Snowden, Brian Snowden, Justin Boyce, Kyla Boyce, Kyle Lancaster, Ciarra Lancaster; Joshua, Logan, Noah, Brody, Samantha, Evan and Chelsea Gray; Great grandchildren: Emily and Josh Snowden, Kali Snowden, Jackson and Isabella Gray and Sophie Boyce Perkins; and her beloved cats, Oliver and Gracie.

We would like to thank CHANS hospice for their help in her end of life care and Linda Hermans, MD, for her years of care, support and friendship to Mom.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Friday, 28th from 4 to 6pm at Kincer Funeral Home.

A Catholic Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 29th at 11am at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Kimball St. Richmond, Me 04357.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Golden Oldies Senior Center or the Richmond Food Pantry.

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

Blanche V. Fitzherbert

Waterville-Blanche V. Gibbs Fitzherbert, 98, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at a nursing facility in Waterville.

She was born on December 7, 1920 in Andover, Maine the daughter of Harold and Viola Gibbs.  Blanche graduated from Andover High School in 1938.

Blanche lived in Andover most of her life.  She later moved to Rumford and worked for Diamond International in West Peru for 26 years, retiring in 1985.  She then moved to Randolph in 2000.  Blanche was a member of the First Congregational Church of Andover.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband Delbert Fitzherbert, daughter Sharon Hall and a brother Harold Gibbs.  Blanche is survived by son in law Fred Hall of Dresden, grandson Jonathan Hall and wife Celina of Randolph, nephew Harold Gibbs and wife Stella of Greene, many grand nephews and nieces.

Burial will be at a later date in the Hunt Cemetery, Andover.

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

Clyde A Perkins Jr.

PerkinsDresden-Clyde A. Perkins, Jr., 87, of the Gardiner Rd. Passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019 after a long illness.

He was born in Dresden on October 21, 1931 the son of Clyde  and Lela Perkins.

Clyde worked at Bath Iron Works 46 years, retiring in 1997.  He also worked as a marine worm digger for over 50 years.

Clyde enjoyed just plain working; particularly keeping his yard and home in perfect condition.  He never replaced anything he couldn't fix himself.

He was predeceased by his parents, wife Anne Perkins of 57 years, sisters Dorothy Atkinson, Gloria Goud, and a brother Elwood Perkins.  Clyde is survived by daughters Peggy Mower of Dresden, Pamela Perkins of Chelsea, son Wayne Perkins and wife Sherry of Salem Township, brother Keith Perkins of Dresden, 8 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

Per Clyde's wishes a private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Special thanks to the Alfond Cancer Care Center; Dr. Polkinghorn, Dr. Nguyn.  Also Bridges Home Services, Julie Pendelton, and Maine General Hospice and the Staff who provided care for Clyde and support to his family.

Donations in Clyde's memory may be made to the Alfond Cancer Care Center, Augusta.

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

Sally W. Coonradt

coonradtBrunswick-Sally W. Coonradt, 83, died June 16, 2019 at Cove's Edge in Damariscotta.

 She was born August 14, 1935 to Charles & Elizabeth Winters of Ogdensburg, NY.

 Sally enjoyed camping and traveling within the U.S.  She had been active in her church, participating in suppers and serving on the vestry.

 Sally was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Charles, Jane Gillespie, John (Rusty), and Daniel Winters. She is survived by her husband of 61 years. Dakin (Bill), a brother: William Winters, children: Chester, Suzanne, Scott, Heidi Vicari, William, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

 A memorial gathering for the family will be held in July.

Robert R. Hyde Sr

Robert HydeBOWDOIN – Robert Rodney Hyde Sr, 90 years old, of Bowdoin passed away on June 14, 2019. Bob loved his Lord. He loved his family, and he loved the great outdoors.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ruth M. Hyde. They were blessed with 9 children, 22 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren.
Per his request, there will be no service. Please go outside, enjoy the beauty, love your family and praise the Lord.