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Matrona Wdowin

Matrona Wdowin

Matrona Wdowin (Lepuschenko), 1928-2018

HALLOWELL-Matrona Wdowin passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family, on August 7, 2018 at Maine General Medical Center.  She left this life as she lived her life – with God in her heart, surrounded by her loving family and wanting to feed everyone. To the very end, she was very sharp minded and still in charge of her care.

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Betty J. Moody

Betty Moody picRICHMOND - Betty Jean (York, Dow, Silk) Moody of Richmond and Bar Harbor died peacefully at home on Aug 2, 2018 after a long battle with emphysema. She was born Aug 29, 1941 in Hartland, ME, the daughter of Woodrow W. and Doris L. (Walker) York.  

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Kathleen Ahearn

KathleenAhearnHeadshotOakland-Kathleen (Kathi) Ahearn, 60, passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2018

at home after a long illness surrounded by her family.

She was born on September 30, 1957 in South Portland the daughter of Clinton “Bud” A. Shaw and Lois J. Palmer.

Kathi graduated from Winslow in the Class of 1975.  She was a member of Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, Stitching Witches Quilting Group, Pine Tree Quilters Guild, Pink Panters Susan G Komen 3 Day Walkers and a Notary Public.

She enjoyed quilting, walking, hiking, kayaking, looking for sea glass, volunteering as a puppy raiser for NEADS, and sunsets on East Pond.

Kathi formally worked as a Church Administrator at Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, and Human Resource Manager at Eye Care of Maine Waterville, SHRM Certified Professional

Kathi was predeceased by her parents Clinton Shaw, Lois Palmer, Stepfather Edgar Palmer, Father in-law Joseph Ahearn, and Brother in-law David Ahearn.

She is survived by her husband Tim of Oakland, Son Matthew of Northport, Daughter Meghan of Orlando, Brother Jeffrey Shaw, Stepmother Joanne Shaw, Howard Crosby and Spouse Ann, Wanda Farley and Spouse Marvin, Mother in-law Geneva Ahearn, Sister in-law Wendy Porter and Spouse Donnie, Brother in-law Stephen Ahearn and Spouse Hillary, Brother in-law Keith Ahearn, Brother in-law Kevin Ahearn and partner Daniel, many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and reception will be held at Pleasant Street United Methodist Church 61 Pleasant Street Waterville, ME 04901 on Saturday the 11th of August at 2:00 PM.

Donations in Kathi’s name may be made to the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church or Maine General Health Walk for Hope. The family thanks the staff of Maine General Hospice for their thoughtful care, which allowed Kathi to remain home in the lake house she loved.

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

David A. Acker

Bowdoinham-David A. Acker, 65, passed peacefully Wednesday, August 1, 2018 with the love of his life, wife Barbara of 42 years, by his side as she always was.

David was born October 7, 1952 in Sanford, Maine the son of Albert and Beverly Acker.

David was an elementary school student in the Coombs School in Bowdoinham and Graduated from Brunswick High School in 1970. He served his country as an Aviation Radioman for 4 years in the United States Navy. David and Barbara were married on Valentine’s Day 1976.

David worked at Bath Iron works as an electrician for 23 years before starting Ackers Acres Disc Golf in 2002.

David loved his little piece of heaven on Dingley Road and Disc Golf was a perfect way for him to share it with the public. He treated every player as if they were a guest in his home. His courses are renowned in the Disc Golf Community, but not as much as his kindness, generosity and his ability to make everyone he spoke to feel special.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Acker of Bowdoinham, son Allen Acker and his wife Kate, 3 grandchildren he loved so much Nella, Maeve and Henry Acker of Bowdoinham, parents Albert D. Acker and Beverly F. Acker of Bowdoinham, sister Patricia Acker-Bailey and her husband David of Mechanicsburg, Pa., brothers Edward Acker of South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Kenneth Acker of Scarborough, Maine and Douglas Acker and his wife Laurie of Gardnerville, Nevada. He is also survived by Barbara’s siblings Charles, Tony, Louise, Sara, Cathy and Mary who were an important part of his life along with their spouses, significant others, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins who were loved by him.

There will be a Celebration of life Saturday, September 1st at 11am at Ackers Acres Disc Golf with lunch to follow. Thank you all for your Love and Support.

He will be immensely missed by many, many people.

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

Velva J. Lamoreau

VelvaPittston-Velva J. Lamoreau, 91, died on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at her daughter’s residence.

She was born on June 6, 1927 in St. John Plantation, Maine the daughter of John and Cora Gardner.

Velva attended schools in the Allagash through the 8th grade. Her family migrated to central Maine. As an adult, she attended night school at Gardiner Area High School to attain her high school diploma. She retired from the State of Maine having worked many years at the Maine State Hospital. She and her husband, Charles, Sr. ran a boarding home for many years caring for first State patients, then Veterans. They made the boarders an integral part of their big family and taught their children many valuable lessons through the years of their service. Their home was a real home to the people that came into their home.

She was an exceptional person to all who knew and loved her. She was a strong woman, a faithful believer in God and the teachings of the Bible. She tried to instill this faith in her children and grand-children. She enjoyed camping, fly fishing, making bread, card and board games, family gatherings and listening to hymns. To the children she was known as “Gram,” “Grammy,” and even “Crazy Grammy Lamoreau of Pittston” for her wit, spirit and the joy she took in playing tricks on the grand and great-grandchildren. Most recently, she was referred to as “Grammy Larrio” due to Lamoreau being a difficult name for a toddler to pronounce.

Velva was and will continue to be loved and missed by her family and others who knew her.

Velva was predeceased by her parents, husband Charles Lamoreau, brothers Bernard Gardner, Glazier Gardner, sisters Beaula Gardner, Elizabeth Gardner, brother in-law and fishing buddy Hubert Carter Sr., son in-laws Fred Falvo Sr., and Cedric Novy. 

She is survived by her daughters Sharon Falvo of Pittston, Ellen Novy of West Gardiner, Betty Tibbetts and husband Larry of Topsfield, Brenda Degen and husband Barnie of Gardiner, son's Charles Lamoreau Jr and wife Barbara of Winthrop, John Lamoreau Sr., and wife Diane of Monmouth, Robert Lamoreau and wife Marlene of Pittston, Paul Lamoreau Sr., and wife Karen of West Gardiner, sister Eunice Carter of Augusta, sister in-law Elizabeth Lamoreau of Lincoln, 33 grandchildren, many great grandchildren a few great great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Monday, July 30th from 4 to 7pm at the funeral home. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, July 31st at 10am at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Ridge Cemetery, Bowdoinham.  A gathering following graveside the service will be at American Legion on Carding Machine Road, Richmond.

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

Gladys I. Leet

leetLitchfield-Gladys I Leet, 93, of the Richmond Rd., died on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Marshwood Nursing Home, Lewiston.

She was born on November 2, 1924 the daughter of John and Helen Ridley.

Gladys was predeceased by her parents, son Roy Leet Jr., several brother and sisters.  Gladys is survived by her son's Robert Leet, Russell and wife Georgia, Raymond and wife Bonnie, daughters Betty Lewis and husband Bob, Caroline Quiron all of Litchfield, also daughters Patricia Pratt of Bowdoinham, Elaine Fealtman and husband Jim of Massachusetts, several  brothers, sisters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 21st at 11am at the Litchfield Plains Cemetery, Litchfield.

In her memory donations may be made to the Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice

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

William C Webber

BillThere has been a big party in heaven to welcome Bill Webber, where he's happy to be reunited with family and friends. William C. Webber was born January 15, 1933, in Weymouth, MA, to Charles Sumner Webber, MD, and Helen L. Clement Webber, RN. A new sibling for his 3 year old sister Nancy Jane Webber (Thompson).

Let’s put that year into perspective. 1933 was the worst year of the depression. Only 1 in 4 had a job and the average wage was $20 a week. The average new house cost $5,750; monthly rent might be $18. A new Plymouth cost about $450; a pound of ground beef, 11 cents.

That winter many US states hit record low temperatures and Oymyakon, USSR recorded -90 F. Tom Yawkey bought our beloved Red Sox for $1.2 million. The movie King Kong premiered, prohibition was repealed, the chocolate chip cookie and board game Monopoly were invented, and The Lone Ranger started what would be its 21-year run on the radio.

George V was the King of England, Hitler was the Chancellor of Germany, Mussolini was the Prime Minister of Italy and Herbert Hoover was our President. Famous people born this same year: Joan Collins, Larry King, Yoko Ono and Willie Nelson.

After his father's death on May 16, 1934, Bill's mother moved with Bill and his sister Nancy, three years older, to Maine where the children grew up. Bill loved sailing and fishing on Cobbosseeccontee with their Aunt Ruth. He graduated from Winthrop HS, class of 1952, with plans to go into animal husbandry.

Instead Bill became a medic in the Korean War and served in the Army Third Division, called the “Fire Brigade” due to their rapid response to crisis. After the war, he took advantage of the GI Bill of Rights to study accounting at Gates Business School. Later he accepted a position as a Maine State Auditor.

There isn’t a whole lot to tell you about Bill's childhood because he simply could not remember. When his head was split open in the war, doctors said he would be a vegetable. However, he and the Good Lord had a different plan. He learned to walk and talk all over again. If you saw him years later, the only visible sign of the trauma was a serious scar nicely covered by thick black hair, always slicked into place.

That was not the only time Bill almost died. Once he fell from a roof he was replacing on a relative's house s and walked away with only scratches from barbed wire and hay stubble. Oh, and there was that time with the chainsaw.

Bill and his then wife Sandy owned a commercial maple syrup business on Voter Hill in Farmington, Maine, winning “Best Maple in Maine” three years in a row before they stopped entering because participation was declining. He also raised strawberries commercially, kept honeybees until a bear had other plans, but that’s another story.

We who love him have been lucky that he was tough as he was, but also gentle. He loved family, friends, pets, stories, boats and scotch. He often had a contagious smile for someone who might have lost theirs or a story to share about adventures with friends like Mike Hersom in his younger years, or Fr. Rod Potter or maybe about blowing things up with his explosives expert friend Francis Filaroska, hunting, trapping or plowing snow.

Bill loved his friends and was always proud of his four children: Charles “Chuck” Sumner Webber, David “Chip” Michael Webber, Bruce Howard Webber and Sharron Clement Webber Halpert and his seven grandchildren, Daniel Michael Webber, Dylan Lucas Webber, Miriam Hope Webber, Briana Clement Webber, Aiden Nile Webber, Giacoby Sumner Halpert and Carson Solomon Halpert. We are very excited to meet his great grandchild this winter.

He loved them all and would tell them so regularly. He also leaves behind his beloved companion, Edna Beers, without whom we would have lost him a lot sooner. The list of family members would not be complete without including Shunk, Sheba, Lucky, Black and Buddy. If people were as loyal and loving as these dogs, our world would be an amazing place.

Bill sang with the SPBQSA (Barbershop Quartet) and enjoyed dancing. He was an avid Red Sox fan and Patriots fan. He was a member of the American Legion Post 132, the Korean War Veterans Assn. and Disabled American Veterans. He was actively involved in his church as a member of the Bishops Committee. He served on the Board of Directors for the North American Maple Syrup Council and was a founding member of the Mt. Blue Chordsman Barbershop chorus in Farmington, Maine.

For the last four years Bill had been a patient at Patriots Place at Togus, the VA hospital in Augusta, Maine. His family would like to thank the staff and volunteers for all their love and attention. We know they will miss his flirtatious banter and contagious smile.

A service with military honors will take place Monday, July 9th at noon at Maine Veterans Cemetery, Civic Center Dr. Augusta.  A celebration of his memorial will take place later this summer. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on that.

Memorial gifts are suggested to be sent to the Travis Mills Foundation. This organization supports veterans combat injured veterans and their families. You can call them at 207-480-3490 or visit travismills.org.

If you want to honor him, help someone who needs to smile. Crack joke, lend a hand, pay them a compliment or just share a smile and think of Bill. Then raise a scotch, count your blessings, tell a story and smile as you think of him.

Robert D. Despres

DespresPortland-Robert D. Despres, 26, of Bowdoinham, died unexpectedly on Monday, July 2, 2018 at Maine Medical Center, Portland.

He was born on June 29, 1992 the son of Theresa Overmiller of Augusta and Richard Dunbar Jr. of Bowdoinham.

Robert enjoyed horse riding, 4 wheeling and music.

Robert is survived by his parents, a sister Angela Despres, nephews Donovan Adams and Darien Smith.

A graveside service will take place on Friday, July 6th at 1pm at Bay View Cemetery, Bowdoinham.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, M3 04357.

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.