Obituaries

Mildred Whitney

Mildred

Randolph – Mildred C. Whitney, 97, of Randolph passed away at Mid Coast Hospital on Friday, May 5, 2017. She was born in Randolph, Maine on February 16, 1920 a daughter of Frank and Clara (Foss) Lyons.

Mildred attended Randolph schools and the Kennebec School of Commerce. She worked at HealthTex for many years until her retirement.

Mildred enjoyed extensive traveling with her husband Harold Whitney, socializing with her friends and relatives, sewing and especially feeding her birds.

Mildred is survived by her daughter Donna Perreault of Topsham and her son Everett Whitney of Oklahoma as well as 2 grandsons David Whitney and wife Katherine of Oklahoma, and Leon Perreault and wife Katherine of Topsham. She also leaves 7 great grandchildren Matthew, Layne, Leon Jr., Amanda, Erica, Whitney, and Kourtney.

Mildred was predeceased by her husband of 59 years Harold, her parents, 8 siblings and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at Kincer Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 3Pm. Services are under the care and direction of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357 www.kincerfuneralhome.com

Mary Ann Perkins

Dresden – Mary Ann Perkins – 73 of Dresden, passed away at Glenridge Nursing Home on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Mary was born in Bath, Maine on August 21, 1943 a daughter of Everett and Edna (Ware) Blair. She attended local schools and worked for many years at Clarostat and later at Reny’s.
Mary enjoyed going out shopping where she would come home with nic-nac’s many being ducks or loons, going out to eat with her friends. She also enjoyed many trips to go camping in Northern Maine and trips to the White Mountains of N.H.
Mary is survived by her husband Keith Perkins Sr., her sons Keith Perkins Jr., Daniel Perkins, her grandchildren, Kristy Perkins, Connie Sansouci, and Michael Perkins. Mary also leaves her bother Terry Blair and his wife Sally as well as Mary's grandchildren, Jackson, Brooke, Kiana, Skylar, Alex and many nieces and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by her son Timothy Perkins and her parents Everett and Edna Blair.
Visitation for Mary will be held at Kincer Funeral Home on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 4-7PM. A graveside service will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery in Dresden on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11Am.

Cheryl Rhoten

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Dresden – Cheryl L. Rhoten, 52 of Dresden passed away unexpectedly on April 22, 2017. She was born in Gardiner, Me on August 11, 1964 a daughter of Robert and Linda (Newton) Berry.
After graduating high school and attending college Cheryl worked as a substitute teacher and in later years became a stay-at-home mom and homemaker.
Cheryl enjoyed camping and fishing with her family. She also loved reading and crocheting and taking trips to Foxwoods Casino.
Cheryl is survived by her beloved husband Roger Rhoten, her daughter Courtney,  mother Linda Newton, and her in-laws Elmer and Gloria Rhoten. She also leaves behind her sisters Bethany Fossett, Kelly Clark, Tammy Hodgkins, her brothers Scott and Thomas Newton as well as many nieces and nephews.
Cheryl was predeceased by her father, Robert Berry, step-father Sonny Newton and her maternal and paternal grandparents.
At Cheryl’s request there will be no funeral services. Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me www.kincerfuneralhome.com

Janet E. Marshall

Dresden – Janet E. Marshall, 82, of Dresden, passed away unexpectedly at Mid Coast Hospital on Sunday, March 19, 2017. She was born in Greenwood, Maine on June 22, 1934, a daughter of the late Vernon C. and Rita A. (Thurlow) Yates. In 1951 she moved to Bowdoinham where she attended Brunswick schools.
Janet married her late husband Roger Marshall from Bowdoin, They were married for 63 years before he passed in 2014. Together they had 4 children: Laurie Marshall of Dresden, Randy Marshall and wife Cindy of Bowdoin and Larry Marshall and wife Sally of Dresden.
Janet was a “domestic engineer” who enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grand and great grandchildren. Janet enjoyed going out to eat, puzzles and going to the family camp to spend time moose watching. She recently moved to Bowdoinham Estates where she reunited with many friends. She was a long time member of the Dresden Firettes Ladies Fire Aux.

Janet is also survived by her 9 grandchildren and 14 Great Grandchildren as well as by her siblings, Barbara Perkins of Bowdoinham, Natalie Smith of Brunswick, Vernon Yates of Apopka, FL and many nieces and nephews.
Janet was predeceased by her parents, her husband Roger Marshall, a son Wayne Marshall and a grandson Kevin Perkins.

There will be no funeral service at this time for Janet. A remembrance of her life will be held  in the spring at Forest Hill Cemetery in Dresden. In lieu of flowers, expression of sympathy may be made to CHANS Hospice Care, 60 Baribeau Dr. Brunswick, MeMARSHALLJanet

Gordon Sherman

GordonGordon R. Sherman
 
On March 31st, this world lost a caring, loving and witty gentle giant, He was 67.
 
He was born in Gardiner Maine, May 23, 1949, son of Francis H. and Eleanor Brown Sherman.
 
Gordon lived his entire life in Richmond and could tell lots of tales about his boyhood.
 
He graduated from Richmond High School 1967, attended SMVTI and throughout the years took many courses at CMVTI.
 
He has worked as a chef, construction crew, loved operating any big machinery, State of Maine road crew, Superintendent of the sewer district, used car dealer, real estate agent and marine repair and transportation.
 
Gordon was a past member of the Richmond Fire Department, he served on the board of selectman, budget committee and the utilities district.  He was past Master of Village Masonic Lodge #26 formally Richmond Lodge.
 
On September 6, 1969 he married his best friend, soul mate and love of his life Ruth Brown. They shared 47 years.
 
Gordon was happiest when he was in the comfort of his home.  He always looked forward to family gatherings or friends visiting.
 
Survived by his wife Ruth, sons Andrew and Alton all of Richmond, His grandchildren and apple of his eyes Aurora and Connor Sherman of Albion. his brother Paul Sherman of Winthrop, In-laws who he loved dearly, David and Prudy Brown of East Pittston, Darryl and Norma Brown of West Gardiner, Beverly Brown of Augusta, special cousin and good friend Eric Wood of Boothbay, several nieces and nephews who always made his eyes sparkle.
 
He was pre-deceased by his parents, brother-in-law Keith Brown, several aunts and uncles.
 
His family would like to thank Chans Home Health and Hospice, he had wonderful care from some wonderful staff.  His nurse Pam was outstanding and Gordon looked forward to her visits.
 
At Gordon's request there will be no visiting hours or funeral services.
 
To honor his memory, please share a smile, give to the needy, share a hug, lend an ear and care about those less fortunate than yourself.
 
To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.

Louise M. Huntington

Louise Huntington, 83, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 8th at Maine General Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Louise was born on October 16, 1933, one of Leroy and Ellen Robbins fourteen children. She was educated at local schools in Dresden, ME. In June of 1935 Louise married Lawrence Huntington and together they raised the 3 children in Richmond, Me.

In Louise’s early adult years she worked at the local shoe shop, cleaned private homes and was a baby sitter before becoming disabled.  Louise enjoyed spending time with her family, watching TV and eating out.

Louise is survived by her sister, Ida Sweney, her children Russell Huntington and his wife Irene, Denise Clavet and her husband Romeo, Barbara Gerard and her husband Roger, her grandchildren John, Joy, Jacob, Jeff, Alex, Chris, and Nick as well as her great grandchildren, MaKayla, Aca, Bella, and Preston.

Louise was predeceased by her parents, ex-husband Larry Huntington, 12 brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews.

Peter D. Vickery

 

Obituary for Peter Douglas Vickery 1949-2017

Peter Douglas Vickery, 67, of Richmond, died at his home on the morning of Feb. 28, 2017 after an 18 month battle with cancer. He was born on Nov. 18, 1949 in Oxford, England to Walter Neef Vickery and Eugenia Belikoff Vickery.

Peter’s lifelong passion was birds. He was known throughout Maine and farther afield for his knowledge of Maine’s avifauna, past and present, and his unparalleled skills in field identification. He was also known for his love of sharing his knowledge and inspiring appreciation of birds in others, often inviting curious strangers to have a look through his telescope and explaining what he was looking at. And he was known and loved for his wide open heart, ready smile, warm hugs and enjoyment of all the wonders in the natural world.

Peter was educated at George School, a Quaker school in Bucks County, PA, and earned his B.A. in Literature from Connecticut College in1972. He later went on to develop his avocation into a life-time profession. He completed a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine, earning the award of Outstanding Graduate Student in 1994.  His research in avian ecology, most often focused on grassland birds in Maine, the northeast, Florida and Argentina, led to the publication of over 30 scholarly articles and books with colleagues and his graduate students. The mentoring of graduate students while adjunct faculty at U Mass. Amherst was one of his greatest joys. He is co-author with Jan and Liz Pierson of the popular Birder’s Guide to Maine.

Peter worked for Massachusetts Audubon Society for 23 years until 2001, first as natural history travel leader, leading trips to all seven continents, and then as Avian Ecologist for their Center for Biological Conservation. Since then he had divided his time between biological consulting, serving as instructor in avian ecology at Hog Island Audubon Camp in Bremen, and working on writing Birds of Maine, intended as the first systematic and thorough study of Maine’s birdlife since the classic and widely admired Maine Birds by Ralph Palmer in 1949. Covering 450 species of birds that have occurred in Maine and documenting the many changes that have occurred since the middle of the last century, this is truly the culmination of Peter’s life’s work. When he learned that he was unlikely to be able to complete this work because of his cancer diagnosis he gathered a distinguished team of co-authors to see it through to publication.

While Peter was, famously, always looking at birds, he also loved sports, both as an observer and participant, playing soccer in adult leagues until he was 50 when he took up biking and yoga as safer forms of exercise. He found time to coach his two sons’ peewee soccer teams, and later to root them on at every athletic event he could.

He enjoyed exploring and savoring the natural areas of Maine in all seasons, from fall shorebird migration on Lubec’s tidal flats or warblers on Monhegan Island, boat trips to see the seabirds and whales of the Gulf of Maine, to Christmas Bird Counts in Biddeford and Phippsburg. But his heart’s center was always Morse Mountain in Phippsburg to which he was first introduced by his wife Barbara when he was 15. Peter and Barbara spent as much time as possible there in the last 18 months of his life.

Peter’s passing leaves a giant hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. His boundless love, humor and zest for life will be most deeply missed by his wife of 47 years, Barbara St. John Vickery, his sons Gabriel and Simon, his brother Ian Vickery of El Dorado AR, his sister Barbara Skapa of Mt Vernon, ME, his aunt Anne Vickery of London, England, and his half siblings Carl, Eileen, Helen and Tina Vickery. He also will be greatly missed by the extended families of both Vickery and St. John families, a wide circle of friends and one very special Great Pyrenees, Bhalu.

Friends and neighbors in the Richmond area are invited to gather to remember Peter on Friday, March 3, 4-6 pm at Dinsmore Hall, 164 South Pleasant St., Richmond. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 pm at the Phippsburg Congregational Church on the Kennebec.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Birds of Maine Book Fund, Camden National Bank, 111 Main St., Richmond, ME 04357 for book design and art work costs.

 

Grace E. Hunton

Grace Hunton picBRUNSWICK - Grace Etta Hunton, 89, of Richmond, died at Horizons Nursing and Rehab Center in Brunswick on January 7, 2017.  She was born in Richmond on June 18, 1927 on Church Street.  She was the daughter of James and Margaret Douglas Nelson. 

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Nannette A. Oburn

Nanette Oburn picTOPSHAM – Nannette A. Oburn, 67, of Topsham died on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 in Brunswick.  She was born January 5, 1949 in Brunswick, the daughter of Isidore and Valentine (Ouellette) St. Pierre.

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Dennis Alan Wagurak

Dennis Alan Wagurak, age 69, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 22,2016 at Richmond Eldercare in Richmond, Maine. Dennis was born February 2, 1947, in Gardiner, Maine to Harry Wagurak and Phyllis ( Whitham) Wagurak. Dennis received his education in Pennsylvania. Dennis enlisted in the Navy where he proudly served his country for 23 years. During this time Dennis met his wife. Together they had twin boys, then later divorced. Once Dennis retired from the service he moved to Maine. Dennis worked many jobs of interest to keep busy. Dennis enjoyed wood working, fishing and hunting. Dennis also loved daily visits from his granddaughter Natalie and the color green.  Dennis was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #132 of Richmond, he was also a member of the Masons. Dennis is survived by son Ivan and his wife Jill and their daughters, Natalie of Richmond and Breaunna of Virginia, son Josef and his wife Sarah and their daughter Catherine of Yelm, WA., one sister Rachel Zollinger and her husband Richard and their three children of Pennsylvania; many cousins as well as his loving family of caregivers at Richmond Eldercare. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 4pm at Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant Street, Richmond. The Wagurak family would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at Chans Hospice for the loving care they provided.

Guy Wildes

Guy "Guybo" Victor Wildes passed away Monday, December 19th, 2016, in his home in Bowdoinham, he was age 61.

Guy was survived by his two children, a son Jefferson Bishop of Westbrook, daughter Rachel Wildes of Bowdoinham, his sister Linda Burnette of Bowdoinham, his neice Ali, nephew Ethan, and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Andrew.

Guy was born the middle of three children on December 13th, 1955 to Keith Wildes and his wife Jeanine (nee Baillargeon).

Guy will be remembered as a larger than life man, in personality and stature. He was hardworking his whole life and devoted to his children. An avid outdoorsman, Guy was always sharing his love for fishing, wildlife, and botany with his kids. A fixture in Bowdoinham, known for his work as a carpenter, a love for a good laugh, and his lovingly disgruntled streak, Guy will be missed and remembered fondly by the community.

A gathering will take place from 5 to 7 PM at Kincer Funeral Home in Richmond on Wednesday, December 28th, with words of rememberance to follow until 8 PM.

Bette L. Horning

Richmond-Bette L. Horning, 82, of Main St., died after a brief illness on Monday, December 19, 2016 at her home with her family by her side.

She was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on September 12, 1934 the daughter of Henry and Euleula Marston.

Bette worked at Augusta General for many years as a nurse.  She was a foster mother for many children throughout the years.

She enjoyed reading, writing poetry and short stories.  She also enjoyed being the director of the Richmond Golden Oldies.  

Bette was predeceased by her husband Robert Horning and grandson Nathan Horning.  She is survived by her daughter Nancy Cote and her husband Ryan of Dresden, Larry Horning and wife Gina of Greene, Dennis Horning and wife Linda of Texas, brother David Marston and wife Sandra of Florida, 8 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, foster children Susan Thayer-McCausland, Vicki Bragg Russell and Roxanne O'Connor.

Memorial visitation will take place on Friday, December 23rd. From 11am till noon, with a service to follow all at the United Dresden Methodist Church in Richmond.  A gathering will follow at the church hall, all are welcome.

In Bette's memory donations to be made to the Richmond Food Pantry 7 Spruce St., Richmond or the Richmond Golden Oldies 314 Front St., Richmond.

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