Obituaries

Harry Van Buren Jr.

VanBuren1West Bath-Harry E. VanBuren JR., 75, died peacefully June 27, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones after a long bout with illness.

Harry was a lifetime member of Maine and the son of Gertrude M. Leavitt and Harry E. Van Buren SR.

Harry was a devout Christian. He enjoyed singing Karaoke and playing his guitars with his many friends. He also was an avid outdoorsman, also enjoying hunting and fishing. He was a friendly and loving man who never met a stranger.

Harry was a Veteran of the Army National Guard and worked for the Bath School District for more than 20 years.

Harry was predeceased by a brother George. He was also predeceased by a brother by heart, Leon (Sonny) Doyle. Harry was a widower from the love of his life Sandra Stevens. He is survived by 5 children, 5 step children, and a sister Rose of California. His Legacy will live on in his multitude of Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

Services will be held at the East Brunswick Baptist Church on Saturday, July 7th at 9 AM with a gathering to follow.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association in his name.

Special thanks to the Chans and Hospice teams for taking such great care of Harry.

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

Allen M. Cherkis

cherkisDresden-Allen M. Cherkis, 79, of the Calls Hill Rd., passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at his home.

He was born on December 6, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pa the son of Nathan and Loretta Cherkis.

Allen proudly served his country in the United States Navy, retiring after 23 years of service as a Chief Petty Officer. He later worked for Lockheed as a senior technician.

Allen was a member of the Knights of Columbus and chairman of the Dresden Republican Committee.

He enjoyed walking in the woods on his property, swimming with dolphins off the coral reefs of St. Croix, and spending time with his family, especially his wife Marina.

Allen is survived by his wife Marina Cherkis, son’s Allen E., Richard D., John S., Steven M., David B. Cherkis. He is also survived by many beloved grandchildren Cyra, Ryan, Jaid, Eli, Baylee, Brewster, Maddi, Allen (little Al), Andrew, Aaron, Amanda, Christina, Tyler, Dylan, Julia, great grandchildren Gavin and Kylie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 26th at 11am at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Richmond

In Allen’s memory donations may be made to: www.alsa.org ALS Association Northern New England Chapter.

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

Thomas S. Manduca

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THOMAS SCOTT MANDUCA, 55, of Dresden and Monmouth, Maine died on Friday, June 8, 2018 unexpectedly at work in Skowhegan, ME. Tom was born on April 14, 1963 in York, Maine to William J. and Jeannine Y. (Dionne) Manduca. 

He served as the head swim coach for the Auburn/Lewiston YMCA as part of the Maine State YMCA Swim League, Executive Board of Maine Swimming, Inc., and the Maine Swimming Hall of Fame Committee. Other memberships
included the Saco River Jazz Band, the Monmouth Fish and Game Club, Scout leader in Boy Scout Troop 654 of Monmouth, and Shop Steward of the IBEW Local 2327. 

Tom's life passions were swimming, playing jazz guitar and bass, hiking, being a licensed Ham radio operator (KB1OUG), and watching the Boston Celtics. He also enjoyed travel and reading related to U.S. Civil War history. 

For over 20 years, Tom worked in the telecommunications industry as a technician with Consolidated Communications, Fairpoint Communications, Verizon, Bell Atlantic, and NYNEX. Additionally, he worked as an
assistant manager for the Augusta Water District Filtration Plant. He served his country honorably on active duty from 1995 - 1990 as a Navy First Class Machinist's Mate on the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D.
Eisenhower (CVN69) and various senior enlisted positions as a drilling reservist until the early 2000's. 

His life's passion was as a youth swim coach and instructor for nearly 25 years. 

Tom is survived by his wife, Karen (Emerson) Manduca; Daughter: Laura Manduca; Sons: David and Joseph Manduca; Oldest Brother: William A. Manduca and wife Jean of Knoxville, TN; Sisters-in-law: Tammy Manduca of Augusta, ME., Sandy Perkins of Madison, ME., and Theresa Merchant of Somesville, ME.; Uncles: Ted and Frank Manduca of Old Orchard Beach; Aunts: Beth Conley of New Bern, NC, Anita Labbe of Auburn, ME; Cousins:
Mark Manduca, Rosandra Manduca, John and Brian Conley, Pam Ouimette, and Patti Labbe. 8 nieces and nephews and 5 grand nieces and nephews. 

Tom was predeeased by his parents William J. Manduca and Jeannine Y. (Dionne) Manduca; Younger brothers: Russell and Michael; and nephews: Kyle and Tyler Manduca. 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Kincer Funeral Home in Richmond, ME. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Jun 14, 11am at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Augusta, ME. 
The family requests that donations be made in Tom's memory to the Auburn
Lewiston YMCA'S Aquatics Program. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St.Richmond, ME www.Kincerfuneralhome.com

Clayton G. Mitchell

Clayton MitchellWOOLWICH - Clayton G. Mitchell, 91, of Woolwich, ME died on May 25th,
2018 at his home in Woolwich.

He was born September 19, 1926 the son of Caleb R. and Helen G. Mitchell
of Bowdoinham.

He was a member of Village Lodge Masons in Bowdoinham for 70 years.

He liked woodworking, making furniture, and metal fabrication. He
greatly enjoyed his family and grand kids.

After serving in the Navy and graduating from the University of Maine at
Orono he pursued a career as an engineer at the Portsmouth Naval
Shipyard for 32 years.

Clayton was predeceased by his wife Hazel B. Mitchell.

He was survived by his sons, Loy B. Mitchell and wife Kathleen; Rod B.
Mitchell and wife Rosemary; four grandchildren, and three great
grandchildren.

A celebration of life will take place on Thursday, June 14th at 6pm at
the funeral home with masonic services being presented by Village Lodge,
Bowdoinham.

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

Frederick E. Vose Jr.

SOUTH PARIS - Frederick E. Vose Jr., 86, passed away peacefully on May 12th, at the Maine Veterans Home in South Paris, after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Zada O. Thurlow

Zada Thurlow picBATH - Zada Thurlow, a resident of Bath, died at home on Sunday May 27th. She was born August 3, 1941 to Ella Barstow and Harvey E. Barstow Sr. in Richmond, ME.

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Geraldine M. Skinner

Geraldine Skinner picPLEASANT HILL, IA - Geraldine Mae Skinner, 92, passed away on February 22, 2018.  Geraldine spent the last years of her life under the able care of the staff at Parkridge Specialty Care in Pleasant Hill, Iowa and Trinity Center at Luther Park in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Thomas C. O'Brien

TomBrunswick-Thomas C. O'Brien, 73, passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Freeport Nursing Home with his family by his side.

He was born in Illinois on January 18, 1945 the son of Eugene and Doris O'Brien.

Tom enjoyed being a member of the Mason's Village Lodge #26 in Bowdoinham.

Tom was predeceased by his parents and a brother Bill O'Brien. He is survived  by his wife of 29 years JoElla O'Brien of Brunswick, daughters Raven Wing of Brunswick, Molly O'Brien of West Bath, son Dan O'Brien of Illinois, sisters Jane and Judy, and 6 grandchildren.

Per Tom's request there will not be any funeral services.

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

Gary W. Lothridge

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BOWDOINHAM - Gary William Lothridge was born on January 7th, 1949 and passed away on May 7th, 2018, with his family at his side.

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Alan W. Sweeney

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Richmond-Alan W. (Tink) Sweeney, 75, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018 at his home.

He was born in Brunswick May 28, 1942 to Wesley R. and Evelyn B. Sweeney of Bath. Alan grew up in Bath and graduated from Morse High in 1962.

Alan married his love of life Brenda Sargent from Weare, NH May 24,1969.

He joined the United States Navy and served 20 years proudly retiring in April 1984 as a Mess Management Chief Petty Officer.

Alan was a Master Mason for over 50 years and was a member of the York Rite, the Scottish Rite and most of the appending bodies. His home lodge was Polar Star #114, Dunlap Commandery #5 of Bath. Alan was also member of Kora Shriners and the American Legion Post 132 of Richmond.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking, cake decorating, fishing, hunting and traveling.

After retiring from the USN he decided to try different jobs until he went back to his passion of making baked goodies. Alan owned Honey Buns Bakery in Lisbon Falls 1992-1994 due to health issue had to sell and worked for the Brunswick Sewer District.

Alan was predeceased by his parents Wesley & Evelyn Sweeney and brother Donald Sweeney.

Alan is survived by his wife Brenda of Richmond, Daughter, Teena Sweeney of Bath, Son, Alan Sweeney of Guilford, CT., his Grand girls, Mia, Isabella and Eliza Sweeney of Guilford, CT., brother Robert & his wife Cheryl Sweeney of Topsham, ME. Several Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews.

From Alan (Tink): It’s been a trip, friends.

Thank you to my family, friends and complete strangers who have made life so interesting. Bye, for now, until we meet again.

The family requests memorial donations be made to Shriners’ Children Hospital 51 Blossom St. Boston, Ma 02114 or Knights of Templar Eye Fountain 1033 Long Prairie Rd. Suite 5 Flower Mound Texas 75022

A memorial service will be Saturday, May 12th 1:00 PM at Kincer Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Pleasant Street, Richmond, ME 04357. Burial with military honors will take place on Monday, May 21st at noon at the Niche wall Maine Veterans Cemetery Civic Center Dr. Augusta, Me 04330.

Jean L. Andrews

Jean Lyndes Andrews Obit PictureYarmouth-Jean Lyndes Andrews, 91, died April 22, 2018 in Yarmouth, Maine. Jean was born on March 21, 1927 in Ludlow, Massachusetts and grew up in nearby Indian Orchard. She was the daughter of Stanley H. and Evelyn (Martin) Lyndes. Jean graduated from Green Mountain College and attended the University of New Hampshire.

In 1947 Jean married Edward C. Andrews Jr. Jean and Ed lived in Maryland while Ed finished medical school and they quickly had five children. In 1958 they moved “home” to Vermont, where Jean raised their family and supported Ed in his career at the University of Vermont, where he eventually became dean of the College of Medicine and later president of the university. In 1975 they moved to Maine, where Ed was president of the Maine Medical Center in Portland until his retirement in 1988.

Jean always focused on putting others at ease and making them feel welcome and comfortable. She was intensely interested in people and had a warm and unobtrusive way of learning everyone’s life story. She was a great cook whose fish chowder and Thanksgiving dinners were particularly renowned. She loved children and dogs and always greeted every baby and toddler she met at the grocery store. She played the piano, especially at birthdays and holidays, and in recent years played the oldies for the residents in her assisted living facility. She was an avid reader who loved biography and history, and was deeply interested in the visual arts, especially painters of Maine and Vermont. She had a great sense of humor and kept those around her laughing until the end.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband and by her brother Milton “Skeeter” Lyndes. She is survived by her children Leslie Freeman and her husband Jim of Richmond, Maine, Dawn Andrews of Cabot, Vermont, Dale Wadhams and her husband John of Burlington, Vermont, Ted Andrews and his wife Deb of Casco, Maine, and Scott Andrews of Charlotte, Vermont along with her twelve grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and eight nieces and nephews and their families.

The family would like to thank the staff of Bay Square in Yarmouth for the wonderful care and friendship they gave Jean and to Chans Hospice for their support near the end. Donations in Jean’s memory may be made to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, P.O. Box 1807, Auburn, Maine 04211 or the Vermont Historical Society, 60 Washington Street, Barre VT 05641.

No services will be held.

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

Arthur N. Garland

Arthur Garland picBOWDOINHAM – Arthur N. Garland, 78, of Bowdoinham passed on Monday, April 23, 2018 at his home. He was born on November 18, 1939 in Bangor, ME, the son of Nelson and Debra (Holland) Garland.

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Dorene Gearhart

Gearhart picPITTSTON – Dorene “DoDo” Gearhart, 71, of Pittston passed away April 10, 2018 at her home.

Dorene was born on November 19, 1946 in Gardiner, Maine.

She married Fred Gearhart on December 24, 1979 in Portland, Oregon.

Dorene was predeceased by her parents, John and Edna (Savage) McDougall; her foster parents, Ester Frey Herrick, John Frey, James Herrick; and two brothers, George and Roger, and four sisters, Elaine, Margie, Annie, and Cynthia.

She is survived by her husband, Fred Gearhart of Pittston; her son, Tony Davis of Brunswick; one brother, Walter; and four sisters, Pat, Nancy, Judy, and Mary.

A Remembrance Service will take place at a later date.