2014 Obituaries

Eleanor Lagner

WOOLWICH — Eleanor (Ellie) Lagner, 85, of Woolwich, Maine, died July 8, 2014, at Bath/Brunswick Regional Hospital due to complications of chemotherapy.

Eleanor was born on June 15, 1929, in Washington, D.C. Though raised in Washington and then Glen Ellyn, Ill., Eleanor’s first ties to Maine were forged when her parents, Lawrence and Edna James, purchased a summer cottage in Northport (Bayside), Maine in 1939. Every summer spent on the coast strengthened the bond, and it was here that she met her future husband, Richard Lagner. Married in 1951 shortly after Ellie’s graduation from Grinnell College, Dick and Ellie lived in Connecticut for seven years, then moved to Woolwich, Maine, in 1962, where they have resided ever since.

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Sherwood Beaulieu Sr.


Brunswick-Sherwood N. Beaulieu Sr., 69, of Pleasant Hill Rd., passed 
away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Maine Medical Center, Portland.

He was born on April 2, 1945 in Topsham the son of Ralph and Frances 

Sherwood retired from BIW after 30 years as a burner.  He enjoyed 
burning, welding and working on older vehicles.

He is survived by his wife Janet (Blake) Beaulieu of Brunswick, sons 
Sherwood Jr., and wife Lori of Brunswick, Darren and James Beaulieu both 
of Dresden,
brother Reginald Beaulieu of Brunswick, grandchildren Allison, Jessica, 
Jacob, Britni, Joshua, Dakota, Kayla, Adam, Several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visit on XX at XX at Kincer Funeral 
Home.  Burial will take place on XX in the Rogers Cemetery Topsham.

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

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Velma B Johnson

JohnsonRichmond-Velma B. Johnson, 94, of Main St. died on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at her home. She was born in Washington, Maine on July 21, 1919, the daughter of George and Lucia Light. Velma was a past member of Beulah Rebekah Lodge, Richmond Grange and participated in the senior citizen group that met at the Good Shepard Church. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading, gardening, playing cards, needle work and spending time with family.

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Jean L. Lemieux

Jean L. Lemieux, 92, died on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 at Maine General Rehabilitation and nursing care at Glenridge. She was born in Calais, Maine on April 29th, 1922 the daughter of the late Kathleen M. Thompson.

Jean was a graduate of Calais Academy in 1940. Their class motto was Life begins in '40”.

She was a member of St. Barnabas Church in Augusta.She worked at Western Union after moving to Augusta in her early 20s with her mother. There she made many of her life-long friends. Jean also worked at the YMCA in Augusta at the reception desk and the Youth Teen Center for many years.

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Winthrop Staples


Winthrop "Win" C. Staples
Fayette-Winthrop C. Staples, 51, of the Sandy River Rd. passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 19, 2014.

He was born in Gardiner on August, 3, 1962 the son of Dallas Staples and Cleo Chancellor.

Win proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp.  He was a self employed tradesman all of his life.

He enjoyed sports, horseshoes, fishing, shooting guns, being on the lake, riding horses and particularly time spent with his family.

He was predeceased by his grandparents Winthrop and Geraldine Staples, Clint and Evelyn Hinkley and step father Norman Chancellor.  Win is survived by his mother Cleo Chancellor of Richmond, father Dallas Staples of Brunswick, step-mother Arlene Staples of Brunswick, wife Linda Hallock of Fayette, first wife Diane Staples of Dresden, sons Winthrop C. Staples Jr., and wife Stephanie of Bowdoinham, Christopher Staples and wife Alyssa of Brunswick, daughter Victoria Staples of Fayette, step-daughter Savannah Hallock of Fayette, brothers Dallas Staples jr., of Kansas, Dean Staples of Richmond, sisters Lisa Blackwell of Brunswick, Brenda Staples McKay of Brunswick, Tammy Turcotte of Brunswick, Christopher Staples of Brunswick, step brothers Jerry, Rusty and Danny Staples, grandchildren Ryan Winthrop Staples, Jacob Clinton Staples, several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Friday, June 27th from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 at the funeral home.  A funeral service will take place on Saturday, June 28th at 11am at the Church of The Nazarene on McKeen St. Brunswick.  Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery, Richmond.

In Win's memory donations may be made to KAIROS.  

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

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Robert Gleason

Robert Wallace Gleason

Dresden-Robert Wallace Gleason, 73, of the River Road, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the Bodwell House, Brunswick.

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Ramona L. Pearson


Richmond-Ramona L. Pearson, 85, was reunited with her husband Sewall in heaven on Saturday, June 14, 2014. She passed

away at home, which was her wish, with her sons around her.

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William J. Manduca


Dresden-William J. Manduca, 76, of Perry Dr., passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with cancer at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta.

He was born on March 14, 1938 in Biddeford the son of S. Theodore and Mary (Hoctor) Manduca.  Bill was educated in OOB Schools graduated in 1956. Following graduation Bill entered Maine Maritime Academy graduated in 1959 with a B.S. in Marine Science.

Shortly after graduation Bill served as an officer in the Merchant Marine and the United States Navy.  It was during this time he married Jeannine Y. Dionne of Lewiston.  

Bill chose a career with the State of Maine as a Maine State Trooper, a career lasting 33 years.  His service included such positions as a detective, ballistics agent, and investigator in the Fire Marshall's Office.

Bill had a great love for music.  He was a member of a very musical family playing in such groups as: the Bellamy Jazz Band, Italian Heritage Center Concert Band, the Alumni Band of Southern Maine, Monday Jazz Orchestra of Rockland, the Victory Swing Band of Yarmouth and various bands in Florida.

He was a member of the Maine Maritime Alumni Association.

Bill married Catherine Cleaves in October of 2009.

Bill was predeceased by his parents, first wife Jeannine Manduca, sons Michael and Russell Manduca, grandsons Kyle and Tyler.  He is survived by his wife Catherine Manduca of Dresden, brothers Theodore Manduca and wife Patricia, Frank Manduca, both of OOB, sister Mary Elizabeth Conley and husband Richard of North Carolina, sons William A. Manduca and wife Jean of Mississippi, Thomas S. Manduca and wife Karen of Monmouth, daughter in-law Tammy Manduca of Augusta and his Cathy's children Julie Brown and husband Paul of Winslow, William Cleaves Jr., of Liberty, Michael Cleaves of St. Petersburg Fl., Mark Cleaves and wife Diane of Hampden, 17 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 on Thursday, June 19th at The Funeral Home.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, June 20th at 10am at St. Ambrose Church Kimball St. Richmond.  

In Bill's memory donations may be made to the American Cancer Society 1 Bowdoin Mill Island Topsham, Me 04086

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

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William D. Van Meter

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Bowdoin-William D. Van Meter II, 67, of the Adams Rd. passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at his home.

He was born on December 24, 1946 in Weymouth, Massachusetts the son of Kenneth and Flora Van Meter Sr.

Bill proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  He worked at Bath Iron Works as a ship fitter for over 23 years.

He enjoyed camping, hunting, reading, debating politics, conspiracy theories, and working on projects on his home.  Bill was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Massachusetts.

Bill was predeceased by his parents.  He is survived by his wife of 42 years Yvonne Van Meter of Bowdoin, daughters Lisa Stewart and husband John of Bowdoin, Diana Van Meter of Bath, brothers Kenneth Van Meter Jr., and wife Virginia of Massachusetts, Robert Van Meter and wife Diane of Massachusetts, mother in-law Viola Risio of Massachusetts, grandchildren Devon Van Meter, Colby Brown, Joshua Stewart, Kyrah Brown, Chloe Brown, Sarah Stewart, Lauren Stewart and many other extended family.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Friday, June 13th from from 6 to 8pm at the funeral home.  A graveside service will take place on Saturday, June 14th at 1pm at Richmond Cemetery with a gathering to follow at his home.

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

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Rickey L. Bolduc

Rickey L. Bolduc, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Togus, VA Medical Center.