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Vermette, Ruth Vivian* - Skowhegan  
Ruth Vivian Vermette, 83 SKOWHEGAN -- Ruth Vivian Vermette, 83, of Skowhegan, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, peacefully at home in Skowhegan, after a short illness, surrounded by family and friends. Ruth was the beloved wife of Gerald E. Vermette, and the loving daughter of Leona and Arthur Ouillette of Caribou. She was born on May 7, 1931, in Caribou, the sister of the Rev. Arthur J. Ouillette of Massachusetts (deceased), Kathleen and husband Robert Karr of California, Richard and wife Theresa Ouillette of Caribou, Reginald and wife Teresa Ouillette of Caribou, Joyce and Dennis Theriault (both deceased) of Fort Kent, Greta and husband Joseph Cianchette Jr. of Detroit, Mona MacBain of Clinton, Conn., and Sheila and husband Wendall Jacobson of Raymond. She was also the aunt to many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, Gerald, Ruth is survived by her children, Jean and her partner Chris of Bangor, Michael and his wife Debra of Saint Albans, Mary and her partner Scott of Ashville, N.C., David and his wife Doris of Bingham, Peter and his partner Mary of Scarborough, Danielle and her partner Peter of Toronto, Canada; and her four grandchildren, Stephanie, Lael, Spencer, and Austin; as well as the many young adults who have been calling her 'MA' for many years. Ruth attended the U of Maine in Gorham and graduated in 1953 with a B.S. degree in education. She remained an active alumni and helped with planning many class reunions. During her career, Ruth enjoyed teaching both church and public school in Silver Spring, Md., Columbus, Ga., and Skowhegan. Ruth was active in her church, with girl scouting, with the Skowhegan choral group, the Cursillo Movement, and RCIA. After the children had left home, Ruth worked in Gerald's dental office for many years where her specialty was working with people who needed Myofunctional Therapy. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. The family would like to thank the many people who helped her move on in peace and dignity, the staff at hospice and the nursing staff at Redington-Fairview General Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at 10 a.m., at the Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church, Water Street, Skowhegan. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth's name to: Covenant House: Covenant House Times Square Station P.O. Box 731 New York, New York 10108-0900 www.covenanthouse.org . Ruth Vivian Vermette Smart & Edwards Funeral Home 207-474-3357
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 21, 2014
Wales, Janice - Buxton  
WALES, JANICE - 75, of Buxton, Nov. 17, 2014. Funeral service, Nov. 21, 1 p.m., Grace Bible Church, Gorham.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2014
Washburn, Stewart P.* - Portland  
Stewart P. Washburn, 85 Banker, Gardener, Active in Community PORTLAND -- Stewart P. Washburn, 85, of Portland, formerly of South Dartmouth and Worcester, Mass., died on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, after a brief illness. He was born in Claremont, N.H., on April 6, 1929, the son of the late Walter H. and Josephine E. (Dana) Washburn, and grew up in Windsor, Vt. He graduated in 1947 from Windsor High School, in 1951 from the University of Vermont, and in 1953 from Harvard Business School with a master's in business administration. After business school he was drafted into the Army and assigned to the Finance Corps, helping manage a supply depot in Alaska during the Korean conflict. His favorite moment of his military service was catching a 35-pound salmon to share with his comrades. In his high-school yearbook he had been voted Most Likely to Succeed along with classmate Josephine 'Jo' Foster. They began dating when they were 29 and were married at the Old South Church in Windsor Aug. 20, 1960, on her parents' 40th anniversary. They had two daughters, Patricia J. Washburn of Portland and the late Alice E. Washburn. Mrs. Washburn died in 1980. During his teen years he had worked filing checks at Windsor Federal Savings & Loan. On returning from the Army, he took a job at Worcester County National Bank in Worcester, Mass., rising from assistant teller to vice president in charge of commercial lending. He left Worcester for South Dartmouth, Mass., to manage the loan department at First National Bank of New Bedford, then worked 13 years as senior vice president at Durfee Attleboro Bank in Fall River. When pressured to take an early retirement, he instead started his own consulting practice, helping banks across New England with loan review, lender training, and startup of commercial loan programs. He referred to this as 'flunking retirement.' Throughout his career he was active in community and charity efforts, usually aimed at creating jobs and improving local economies. He was active on behalf of the United Way, Junior Achievement, and Jobs for Fall River, but perhaps took the most pride in the role he played in founding and sustaining Southeastern Economic Development Corp. (SEED), a nonprofit microlender encouraging businesses in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 2009, health issues forced him to stop working and he moved to Portland to be near his daughter Patricia. That year, the Fall River Chamber of Commerce honored him with a Roger Valcourt Community Service Award for his work in economic development in the region. He lived the last five years of his life at 75 State Street in Portland, earning many friends in that community and contributing to the improvement of its gardens and grounds. He enjoyed gardening, bowling, fishing, picking berries, and making jam and maple syrup. He was a devoted fan of Boston sports teams, particularly the Red Sox. In April, 47 family members gathered in Vermont to celebrate his 85th birthday. Besides his daughter, survivors include a brother, David T. of New York; and several nieces and nephews, including Joyce Washburn of Ludlow, Vt., with whom he picked berries every summer for decades. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, at State Street Congregational Church, Portland, with the Rev. Jeannette Good presiding. A reception will follow in the church hall. Arrangements are by Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services of Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Vermont General Scholarship Fund.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 25, 2014
Webster, Marc R.* - Biddeford  
Marc R. Webster, 34 BIDDEFORD -- Marc Ryan Webster, 34, of Biddeford, died unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. Marc was born in Portland on July 7, 1980, the son of Bryant P. and Judith A. Herbert Webster. He attended local schools and graduated from Portland High School in the class of 1998. In 2006 he married the longtime love of his life, Tenner Mower Webster. They spent years traveling together wherever her Army career took her, including New York, Alabama, and making especially strong roots in Georgia before returning to Maine. Marc was self-employed as an antique dealer for many years owning his own shop 'Rusty Gold Antiques' in Biddeford. He was an avid Civil War buff and was incredibly knowledgeable of the period, spending hours reading and then going to auctions to find pieces from the era. In his spare time he enjoyed camping, fly fishing, and spending time with his family, but perhaps his greatest love was the time he spent with his four year old daughter Tenzin, who was the apple of his eye. He passed on many of his favorite pastimes and his larger than life personality to her. Marc was a brother to anyone who knew him. He will be missed tremendously by all those who had him in their lives. Marc was predeceased by his beloved wife, Tenner Webster in 2010; and his father, Bryant Webster. He is survived by his daughter, Tenzin Webster of Biddeford; his mother, Judith A. Webster of Portland; two brothers, Christopher M. and Keith F. Webster, both of Portland; maternal grandfather, Francis Herbert of Auburn; along with many cousins and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at 10 a.m., at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 72 Federal St., Portland. Arrangements are under the direction of the Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. Burial will be private. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ctcrawford.com . Marc R. Webster
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 20, 2014
Westfall, Margaret E.*  
Margaret E. (Conant) Westfall, 79 PENSACOLA, Fla. - Margaret E. (Conant) Westfall, 79, of Pensacola, Fla. passed away peacefully on Oct. 29, 2014, at Scared Heart Hospital in Pensacola, with family and friends by her side. She was born in Falmouth, on April 23, l935, the daughter of Charles C. and Elsie L. Conant. Margaret graduated with honors from Falmouth High School, class of 1953. In later years, she earned an Associates degree in Business Administration from Pensacola Junior College and a B.A. in Accounting from the University of West Florida. She worked for the Escambia County School District as both a Senior Accounting Clerk and an Auditor, retiring in 1997. Margaret was a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the Pensacola Quilters Guild, and the Genealogy Societies of West Florida, Maine, and New England. Her volunteer work included making quilts for premature babies and military service members. Always generous, always kind, Margaret simply wanted to put a smile on someone else's face. Margaret's hobbies were an expression of her many interests and talents. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, quilting, painting, and ceramics. Friends and family were often the recipients of her handmade gifts. Margaret had a great interest in genealogy. Her accurate and thorough research helped thread together generations of untold stores. Margaret was an avid reader, a proofreader extraordinaire, and a Words-with-Friends scrabble player whose extensive vocabulary made her competitors cower. In the early years, while raising her family, Margaret lived in both France and Germany. She later settled in Florida, but often traveled home to the state of Maine for holidays and summer vacations. Family and friends remember her for her wide smile, infectious laugh and her generous spirit. She will be missed. Margaret is survived by her sister, Charlotte McLeod and brother-in-law Arthur of Yarmouth; three children, Robert C. Westfall of Bath, Susan E. Al Sarraj and husband, Mahmond of Saudi Arabia, and Steven C. Westfall and wife, Alfiah, also of Saudi Arabia; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Per Margaret's request, there will be no services. Her family will gather next summer in Maine to scatter her ashes. Donations may be made in Margaret's memory to: The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, an organization that promotes historic preservation, education, and patriotism within communities. Pensacola Chapter NSDAR c/o Ginny Poffenberger 2705 E Gonzalez St. Pensacola, Florida 32503-6311
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 24, 2014
Westfall, Margaret E. - Pensacola  
WESTFALL, MARGARET E. (CONANT) - 79, of Pensacola, Fla., Oct. 29, 2014, in Pensacola, Fla. No services.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2014
Whipple, Elizabeth* - Topsham  
Elizabeth 'Pinkie' Whipple, 92 1922 - 2014 TOPSHAM -- Elizabeth Lasell Whipple died peacefully in her sleep on Nov. 20, 2014, at the age of 92. In her final days she was surrounded by her loving family and friends. Elizabeth Whitin Lasell (affectionately known as Pinkie because her face turned pink when she cried as a baby, although she often said it was because of her red hair) was born in 1922, a twin sister of Katharine, and older sister of Sonia and John. The daughter of John Whitin Lasell and Frances Sumner 'Happy' Lasell, she grew up in Whitinsville, a small mill town in central Massachusetts. When Pinkie was 21, her father was missing in action in World War II after his plane was shot down over Burma. During the war Happy took a job as women's personnel director at the Whitin Machine Works, the family-run textile machinery business. She also built a house in Small Point, where the family spent summers with their cousins in the Sewall family. Pinkie attended Chatham Hall and Pine Manor College and taught kindergarten before she met and married William Jenks Whipple in 1944. Pinkie and Bill moved to Grafton, Mass., and raised five children: John, Bill Jr., Chris, Sue, and Lasell. They lived in a modern house on Wheeler Road designed by Bill Sr., who was president of the R. L. Whipple Company from 1960 to 1989. The family took great pleasure in spending time with their wonderful friends in Grafton, Worcester, and Small Point, where they spent their summers. In 1996 Pinkie and Bill moved to the Highlands in Topsham. Bill died at the age of 90 in 2006. Pinkie was an avid tennis player and taught piano for many years. Elizabeth 'Pinkie' Whipple Outgoing and energetic, she was a loving and supportive mother who took her children on skiing trips and travel adventures. For many years she volunteered to play the piano for the annual Small Point musicals. A red-headed beauty, she was known for her warmth, her thoughtfulness, and her courage in the face of adversity. She had an admirable belief in the power of positive thinking and maintained a strong faith, leading her to write: 'Some of us have been forced to discover this Power within because of a need for help or healing. Those who are able to draw on this source are those who love most deeply and who help themselves and their fellow man to the greatest extent.' She often had an infectious enthusiasm for life, and her non-judgmental kindness and interest in others generated a large network of loyal friends. She will be dearly missed by five children, and nine grandchildren. They are John Whipple and his wife Tish of Portland, and their children Ezra, Hannah and Ben; Bill Whipple of Seattle, Wash.; Chris Whipple and his wife Lois of Montclair, N.J., and their children Risa and Nick; Sue Whipple and her husband Phil Peverada of Hampden, and children Mike, Chris, Molly and Katie; and Lasell Whipple and her husband John Torgerson of Oakland, Calif. She will also be lovingly remembered by her brother, John Lasell of Los Angeles; as well as a wide circle of extended family and devoted friends. A memorial service will be scheduled in Small Point next summer. Arrangements are under the care and guidance of Funeral Alternatives, 8 Pleasant St., Brunswick.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 27, 2014
Woodside, Gabrielle C. - Portland  
WOODSIDE, GABRIELLE C. - of Portland, in Portland, Nov. 20, 2014. Services TBA. Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2014
Zografos, George James* - Scarborough  
George James Zografos, 76 SCARBOROUGH -- George James Zografos, 76, of Westbrook, passed away at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House on Nov. 18, 2014. He was born on April 13, 1938, in Mars Hill, the son of James and Ella (Farley) Zografos. He grew up in Portland, graduating from Portland High School. George worked for 39 years for Rowe Ford, ending as a manager in the reconditioning department. George loved the outdoors, especially camping, going out on his boat and snowmobiling. He also loved antique cars and traveling to classic car shows. George had the gift of gab and would often say he was going to visit someone for 10 minutes and end up staying to talk for hours. George was predeceased by his parents; his two sons, James George and Stephen Charles Zografos; as well as his brother, Edwin Peter James. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sandra (Ouellette) Zografos; his sisters, Llewella (Barnes) and her husband Cliff, and Marietta (Jaques) and her husband Phil; as well as many nieces, nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews. The family would like to thank the staffs at Maine Medical Center, Pride's Corner Rescue and the Gosnell House for their exceptional and compassionate care for George during his illness. Sandra would also like to give a special thanks to her nephew David Zografos and his mother Carol Conley for being her 'rock' in helping George and her since the passing of their son Stephen in September. Burial for George is private at Forest City Cemetery. To share memories and condolences with the family, please go to www.athutchins.com . In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in George's memory to one of the following: Gosnell Memorial Hospice House (Hospice of Southern Maine) 180 U.S. Route 1 Scarborough, Maine 04074 City of Westbrook Fire Rescue Division 570 Main St. Westbrook, Maine 04092 or Camp Sunshine 35 Acadia Rd. Casco, Maine 04015 George James Zografos
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 23, 2014
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