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Boscherini, Mary C. "Kitty"* - Portland  
In Loving Memory and a Celebration of Life Mary Catherine "Kitty" Boscherini Oct. 1, 1954 – Dec. 18, 2014 CUMBERLAND - Kitty is survived by her immediate family of Richard Boscherini, Cumberland Center, sons Christopher of Boston, Mass., Patrick of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Richard T. of Portland. Kitty has her father Richard T. Horigan of Amsterdam, N.Y., and 12 wonderful and supportive brothers and sisters across the U.S. Kitty's greatest source of joy was her three sons. She will best be remembered for her warmth and compassion within her family circle and among her great friends and neighbors. Her loving devotion to the care of others was one of her many great qualities and it was felt strongest by her three sons as their mother. A long and dedicated employee at LL Bean, Kitty had received numerous accolades from her co-workers, fellow administrators, and customers. Beginning as a customer rep and later as an IT System Security Specialist, her career spanned over 32 years. During this time she had been nominated as Bean's Best, interviewed with local television stations, received multiple achievement awards all the time representing LL Bean with pride and without reservation. She took pride in the fact that she was one of the longest tenured employees and was honored as such during the company's 100 year celebration. All throughout her time at Beans the friends and relationships she made brought her the greatest joy and the biggest smiles. Her close friends from the early days have formed a much-beloved group affectionately known today as the "Dirty Dozen" that for over 25 years continue to meet monthly as part of the team that began their careers together. Kitty was a phenomenal sports fan whether it was supporting her sons throughout their school careers, cheering, volunteering, fundraising and travelling to watch her boys play. Her enthusiasm spilled over to all the New England teams with a special affinity for KG, Shaq and the Celtics during their championship years. Kitty was certainly a lady for all seasons. While winter could be the most challenging she regularly would scoop up her young boys and all their trappings and head for the mountains to rendezvous with her friends, family and her many brothers and sisters to ski the peaks of New England and revel in the excitement of many memorable family get-togethers. It was always a fantastic and exhilarating time. Summer was her favorite time choosing any nice day to head to GRB. She was an active sailor and boater always appreciating the beauty of the ocean and nature. A private gathering of her extended family at her favorite summer spot will be held over the Fourth of July weekend. Our family is very indebted and would like to graciously offer many thanks to all of her family, friends, neighbors, and associates for their kindness and care they have given to us during this difficult time and over all the years together.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from July 5 to July 6, 2015
Brett Jr., John L.* - WINDHAM  
John Louis Brett Jr., 88 PORTLAND - John Louis Brett Jr. passed away on June 27, 2015, after a long struggle with Dementia. He was born in Portland, on Sept. 15, 1926, to the late John L. Sr. and Grace A. (Bruns) Brett, also of Portland. John was the second of 12 children, who were very close, and resided at 18 Sheridan St., on Munjoy Hill, Portland, until 1949. In October 1944, John was drafted into the U.S. Army during his senior year of high school. When he shipped out for basic training he promised his mother that he would come back and return to graduate from Portland High School. After completion of basic training he was assigned to an artillery training unit at Fort Bragg, N.C. for the duration of World War II, and was honorably discharged in July 1946. He returned home and reenrolled into Portland High School, September of 1946, to finish his senior year and graduated, as promised, with the class of 1947. While attending his junior year at Portland High School he met Virginia (Ginny) M. Driskell at a school dance in 1943. Their love for each other did not waiver during his absence serving his country and together they graduated from Portland High School in 1947. They were married at Immanuel Baptist Church in Portland on Jan. 8, 1949. For over 60 years, he and Ginny resided at 99 Whitney Ave., in Portland, until her passing on Jan. 8, 2015, their 66th wedding anniversary. The past few months he resided at Fallbrook Woods, Portland. John started working at a young age and held jobs at Portland Press Herald, the Portland YMCA and for over 35 years was a milkman for H.P. Hood until his retirement in 1989. He was a proud member of the Hood Quarter Century Club and looked forward to their annual banquet each September. Upon his retirement in 1989 from H.P. Hood, he and Ginny volunteered as ushers at Merrill Auditorium, the Salvation Army Camp at Camp Sebago, and the local food shelter. He was active in the community holding positions as President of the West School PTA and a member of the church council at Stroudwater Baptist Church to name a few. More recently, he and Ginny were members of Central Square Baptist Church. For many years he was Santa's helper at the Maine Mall, Windham Correctional Center, and to the delight of many neighborhood children. He was a member of the American Legion Andrews Post #17 and in March 2015 was awarded a certificate in honor of his 70 years of continuous service. He played the bugle for the Andrews Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps and chaperoned many bus trips when his children later participated in the Dirigo Jets Drum and Bugle Corps and Deering High Marching Band. He enjoyed candlepin bowling, square dancing and for many years he spent summers as a seasonal camper at Four Seasons Campground on Long Lake in Naples, with his wife and family. Although a lifelong New York Yankees fan, he was a season ticket holder for many years cheering on his beloved Portland Sea Dogs. Besides his parents, he was preceded by his wife Virginia M. (Driskell) Brett; brothers Wesley, Ronald, and Philip Brett, sisters Mildred Brett, Shirley (Brett) Turenne, Leona-May Brett, and Pauline Brett; his daughter Linda L. (Brett) Moore and son-in-law Richard W. Moore Sr. He is survived by his sisters Charlotte (Brett) Strmecki of Chicago, Ill., and Phyllis (Brett) Biggar of Stone Mountain, Ga., and her husband Robert, his brothers Ralph Brett and his wife Mary of Portland, and Robert Brett and his wife Cheryl of Anthem, Ariz.; two sons, Lyndon (Lyn) Brett of Portland, and Laurence (Larry) Brett Sr. of Oklahoma City, Okla., and his wife Jamia, and daughter Lorena (Brett) Delcourt and her husband John of Windham. He leaves seven grandchildren, Wayne Moore of Buxton, Michelle Moore-Ledger of South Portland, Laurence Brett Jr. and his wife Ann of Rogers, Ark., Matthew Brett and his wife Heather of Westbrook, Andrea (Brett) Terrell of Enid, Okla., Michael Brett and his wife Annie of Portland, Ore., and Racheal Delcourt of Limington. He also leaves eight great-grandchildren, Tabatha Moore, Caleb Moore, Caitlin Moore, Autumn Terrell, Aiden Terrell, Caleigh Moore, Isabella Brett and Taylor Delcourt. He also considered the Chadbourne and Masters families as an extension of his own family traveling and vacationing together for many years. The family would like to thank the following for their compassionate care over the last few years: John, Chrissie and the staff at In Home Senior Services, Barron Center Adult Day Program, ITN and Fallbrook Woods. Family and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Monday, July 6, 2015, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Jones, Rich, and Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Edward Delong officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Brooklawn Memorial Park, 2002 Congress St., Portland. Please visit www.jonesrichandhutchins.com for additional information and to sign John's online guestbook. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Westbrook Warren Congregational Church Pilgrim Lodge Fund 810 Main St. Westbrook, Maine 04092, to the Barron Center Adult Day Program 1145 Brighton Ave. Portland, Maine 04102 or a charity of your choice.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from July 4 to July 5, 2015
Burns, Barbara T.* - Windham  
Barbara T. Burns, 76 WINDHAM - Barbara T. Burns, 76, passed away at her home on Friday, July 3, 2015. The daughter of Clinton F. and Marion W. Thurlow, Barbara was born in Augusta on Jan. 9, 1939. She graduated from Cony High School in 1957, and furthered her education at the University of New Hampshire and SMVTI. In 1959, Barbara married Michael D. Burns. They had four children, and moved to Portland in 1967. For many years Barbara enjoyed being a "stay at home" mom. Following a divorce in 1979, she worked in and managed a local gift shop. Having always loved the field of medicine, Barbara studied to become a unit secretary and, in 1984, she began her secretarial career at the Osteopathic Hospital, where she worked for 13 years. She then worked as an office receptionist at both Mercy Primary Care, Westbrook, and Maine Centers for Healthcare, from where she retired in 2003. Barbara loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was extremely involved in their lives, and found great joy in attending their extracurricular activities through the years. In her words she "was so proud of them all." Barbara had a passion for gardening, cooking and knitting. She especially loved to travel and enjoyed her many trips to Las Vegas and casinos in Maine and Connecticut. She felt fortunate to have visited Australia on two separate occasions, and often spoke of her journey through that wonderful country. She loved football and followed the New England Patriots for many years. Barbara especially cherished her many lasting friendships. She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Robert; and son John (Jack). She is survived by her brother David and his wife Andrea; her children, Jeffery, Julie, and Jason; her grandchildren, Angela, Jianna, Jared, Jacob, and Julia; her great-grandchildren, Hailee, Alexis, Adrianna, Ashlynne, and Audrey; and several cousins; and nephews; and her close friend Mary Craven. Family and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. A service of remembrance will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Please visit www.jonesrichandhutchins.com for additional information and to sign Barbara's online guestbook. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Barbara's name to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from July 4 to July 6, 2015
Campagna, Frank T.* - Topsham, Me  
Frank T. Campagna, 89 TOPSHAM - Frank T. Campagna, 89, died peacefully of natural causes at home in Topsham, On Jan. 16, 2015. A graveside service was held June 20, 2015, at the Cranberry Horn Cemetery in Harpswell. His immediate family was in attendance. Frank was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., July 6, 1925, the son of Thomas and Anna Campagna. He grew up in Summit, N.J., graduating from Summit High School in 1942. He served in the US Navy and was discharged as LTJG. He also earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Seton Hall University, 1949. After marrying Margaret Rowe, also of Summit, N.J., they moved to Riverside, Conn., raising children Tina, Mark and Peter Campagna. His career was based chiefly in New York City, where he retired from GAF Corporation as SVP of the International Group. For 62 years, he and his wife spent family summers in Harpswell, retiring to Bethel Point in Cundy's Harbor and residing there for 27 years. He was predeceased by his parents; and wife of 65 years, Margaret (Pegita) Campagna. Surviving Mr. Campagna are his sister, Mrs. Anita Gilmartin of Chatham, N.J.; two sons, Mark Campagna of Longwood, Fla., Peter Campagna of Chalfont, Pa., daughter Mrs. Tina Weeks of Jefferson; and seven grandchildren.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from July 4 to July 5, 2015
Daley, Eugene F.* - Portland  
Eugene F. Daley, 85 SANFORD - "The last roar of the roaring '20s," Eugene F. Daley, was born late in the evening on Dec. 31, 1929. After 85 years of a life full of family, friends, teaching, hiking, scouting, canoeing, stamp collecting, and other fun and interesting pursuits, Gene passed away on June 28, 2015, after a long illness. He leaves behind his wife, Olive Ellis Daley; and his five children, Edmund, Dermot, Julianne, Justin, and Carol, who already miss him deeply. Gene was the son of Eugene P. Daley and Adele Sampson Daley; and brother of Paul Daley and Adele Nazarian. Gene was born and grew up in Somerville, Mass. His family moved to Newton, Mass., when he was a young adult. While growing up, Gene spent many summers with his extended family in both Lakeville and Wellfleet, Mass. He continued visiting Wellfleet as often as he could. Gene graduated from Boston College High School, Boston College, and Boston University. He developed a love of languages and continued his education throughout his life attending language programs at the University of Munich, Germany; University of Guadalajara, Mexico; Pacific University, Washington; Middlebury College, Vermont; and Mittwoch am Bar Harbor. Gene served his country in the Army from 1952-1954. While stationed in Orleans, France, Gene toured Europe and visited family in Ireland, the first member of his family to go back to "the old country." He went back to Europe several times with Olive visiting Rome, Florence, Paris, Munich, and Dublin. Gene and Olive also traveled across the U.S., staying at national parks and with friends. Yearly extended tenting trips to the warmth and sunshine of Florida were the highlight of Gene's winters. As a skilled linguist, Gene shared his love of languages with his students. He taught at Holy Cross College for six years before he moved to Maine to teach for 16 years at Nasson College in Springvale. At Nasson, Gene taught German, English as a Foreign Language, and directed the foreign student program. After Nasson, Gene had a unique experience teaching at Windham High School in the mornings and Biddeford High School in the afternoons. After he retired from teaching, Gene continued his connection with Nasson, working as the "chief archivist" at the Nasson Heritage Center for many years. When not working, Gene spent many hours enjoying the outdoors. He enjoyed canoeing, kayaking, camping, hiking, and bicycling. For many years, Gene participated in the Androscoggin Source-to-the-Sea Canoe Trek. He also often joined up with groups like the Merrimac River Association, the Maine Outdoor Adventure Club, and Audubon to take trips and volunteer. A memorable accomplishment for Gene was climbing Mt. Katahdin for the first time at the age of 72. Gene was a dedicated Scout Master for Troop 327 of Sanford for many years. As their leader, Gene had a positive impact on the lives of many scouts. Gene was also an active member of the York County Stamp Club and the proud owner of a Model A Ford for 60 years. There will be a funeral mass for Gene on July 8, at 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Church in Springvale. The mass will be followed by a reception at 11 a.m. at the Nasson Heritage Center in Springvale. Arrangements by Black Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale. Condolences can be expressed at www.blackfuneralhomes.com In lieu of flowers, Gene's family is asking that donations be made in his memory to the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, an organization that Gene supported for many years. Donations in Gene's memory can be mailed to Nature Conservancy Maine 14 Maine St., Suite 401 Brunswick, Maine 04011
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from July 1 to July 5, 2015
Garman, Gerald E. "Jerry"* - Portland  
Gerald Eugene "Jerry" Garman, 83 PEAKS ISLAND - Gerald Eugene "Jerry" Garman died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family and close friends, on June 15, 2015. Jerry was born to the late Doyle and Katherine Garman in New Cumberland, Pa., on Jan. 27, 1932. Jerry was a 1949 graduate of New Cumberland High School and 1953 graduate of Pennsylvania State College. He was active in Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. From 1953-1956, he served as First Lieutenant in the Air Force, piloting various aircraft in the United States and overseas. In 1959, he began a 40-year career with Weyerhaeuser Company in sales, marketing and IT, lasting for over 40 years. Jerry first came to Peaks Island in 1958 and became a year-round resident in 1992. He served the community with distinction. A life-long member of Trefethen Evergreen Improvement Association (TEIA), he served as club chairman, tennis chairman, fair co-chairman, lead chef of the annual pancake breakfast and house chairman for over 40 years, leading projects that significantly improved the club. In addition, he served as trustee of Brackett Memorial Church for more than 15 years, participated in the creation and construction of the kiosk for the use of Island nonprofits in 1999, received the True Grit Award in 2007 for service to his community, and served as treasurer of the Loretta Voyer Fund. Jerry was a featured writer for the Island Times and wrote articles and editorials in The Forecaster, The Star, and the Portland Press Herald. In 1981, when Casco Bay Lines declared bankruptcy and the Casco Bay Islands Transit District (CBITD) was established in an emergency state legislative action, Jerry was named an interim director before becoming the first chairman of the Board, serving from 1983-1989. In 2005, in partnership with Volunteers of America Northern New England, Jerry was instrumental in completing the Fay Garman House Senior Housing project on Peaks Island, named in memory of his late wife. The project purpose was to provide affordable housing for seniors living on the Casco Bay Islands. Jerry was brilliant in his humor, consistent in his curiosity and dedicated to his family, friends and community. He was well read, well researched and played tennis until age 82. One of Jerry's favorite places was his garden, a favorite dog was Zack, a favorite seasonal recipe was boiled cabbage, vegetables and brisket, and his favorite quote was by the great poet e.e. cummings, "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." In addition to his parents, Jerry was predeceased by his brother, Ronald Garman. He is survived by his wife, Nelson Hill; son, Scott Garman of Wiscasset, daughter, Molly Payne and husband Jim Bartlett of Pinnacle, N.C.; granddaughter, Malina Ogden and husband Warner of South Portland, grandson, Christopher Garman of Wiscasset; sister-in-law, Helen Garman of Melbourne, Fla.; and her five children. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Brackett Memorial Church on Peaks Island. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to: Hospice of Southern Maine (HSM) 180 US Route One Scarborough, Maine 04074 www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org Brackett Memorial Church 9 Church Street Peaks Island, Maine 04108
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from July 5 to July 6, 2015
Jones, Jacqueline* - Durham  
Jacqueline "Jackie" Jones, 85 FREEPORT - Jacqueline G. Jones, 85, of Freeport, passed away on June 29, 2015, at her daughter's home in Durham, surrounded by her loving children. Jackie was born in Palatka, Fla., on Nov. 20, 1929, to Vaughn M. and Marguerite (Frost) Rice. Her parents owned the Grant's Cabins in Farmingdale, for many years, where she lived and worked until her marriage to Allan P. Jones in 1950. They moved to Freeport and raised their family. Jackie worked various jobs in Freeport. She was a member of the D.A.R. of the Samuel Grant Chapter, where her grandmother, Nora Grant Rice, was the founder in 1897. She was also a lifetime member of the Eastern Star, Casco Chapter #160, of Freeport. She was also a Lioness with the Freeport Lions Club. Jackie attended St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brunswick and later joined the Durham Congregational Church. She enjoyed the holidays, family gatherings, embroidery, reading, cooking, sewing and playing "Skip Bo." Later in life, she loved sitting and watching the birds and squirrels, and tending to her cat "Duke," who she loved dearly. Her children will be forever grateful to her for instilling her spirit of giving and caring of others. We will miss her great sense of humor, her laughter and her ability to find joy in all circumstances. She is survived by her five children: Daisy Fraser and husband Stanley of Brunswick, Vaughan M. Jones of Durham, Sandra M. Spier of Durham, Lloyd B. Jones and wife Honora of Freeport, Gail Jones of Durham, "Duke" of Durham; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Jackie was predeceased by her husband, Allan P. Jones; and her son-in-law Charles M. Spier. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, with a reception following also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery at a later date. Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of Jackie's life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family. For those who wish, donations may be made in Jackie's memory to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from July 5 to July 6, 2015
Kamin, Phyllis* - PORTLAND  
Phyllis Berger Kamin, 88 CUMBERLAND - Phyllis Berger Kamin, 88, of Cumberland, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 30, at Maine Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Chicago, Ill., on March 30, 1927, Phyllis is survived by her husband, Samuel; children, Amy Beth Anderson of Portland, Ore., Marcy Ann Kamin of Cumberland, and Kathy Lynn Kamin-Peasley of Portland; grandchildren Rebecca, Samuel, Daniella and Ryan; and sister Alvene Loeffler of Phoenix, Ariz. She reluctantly consented to a blind date with her future husband arranged by their sisters in February 1952. They were engaged in March and married in April of that year; a union that was destined to endure for 63 wonderful years. Phyllis graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and continued her graduate studies at the University of Southern Maine, Husson College and Northeastern Illinois University. She pursued an early career as an Occupational Therapist in Maine and Illinois schools, working with children with multiple handicaps. In her later years her field of expertise was as a Health Program Manager. She retired as Director of the Women's Project and consultant on Women's Services for the Office of Substance Abuse. She also taught courses in Substance Abuse treatment at Southern Maine Community College. She also has been a member and chair of the Adolescent Pregnancy Coalition and was active on professional and state committees including the Child Welfare Advisory Council and Child Care Advisory Council. Recently she was coaxed out of retirement to serve on the Board of Directors of Crossroads for Women until failing health forced her resignation. Her entire illustrious career, as well as her life, was devoted to the welfare of handicapped children and women suffering from substance and domestic abuse. Phyllis was the recipient of numerous awards and certificates of merit recognizing her many contributions furthering the cause of women and child victims of substance abuse. She was particularly proud of being selected out of an outstanding group of her peers for a Women of Achievement award by the YWCA in the year 2000. In spite of her busy and demanding career, she made time for a full, rich personal life with her husband, children, grandchildren and her granddog, Gidget. She was everyone's friend and so many sought her sage advice and counsel. She lent a willing ear not only to family members, but co-workers, friends, students and neighbors. Her sense of humor, "smile and twinkling eyes" were a comfort to every life she touched. Phyllis and Sam joined the Unitarian Church affectionately known as A2U2 and discovered an extended family who helped fill a spiritual void in their lives. They found compassion and comfort in a welcoming community. Her last years were spent living in senior housing in the town of Cumberland, where she found solace in another welcoming community from officials of the town, the Fire Department Emergency Medical Services, and her neighbors. She was an avid reader and enjoyed travel. Her greatest joy was her many trips to Europe in the company of her husband. She delighted in seeking out new cultures, new experiences, and the adventures of exploring new horizons. One of her deep concerns was the politics of her state and country and she expressed many of her passionate opinions in letters to the editor of the Portland Press Herald. Her family invites all her friends and colleagues to join us in a joyous celebration of the life of a woman we all loved and will always remember on Saturday, July 11, at 2 p.m. at the Allen Avenue Unitarian-Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland, 797-7240. For additional information and to sign Phyllis' guest book, please visit www.jonesrichandhutchins.com In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: The Cumberland Fire Dept. 366 Tuttle Road Cumberland, Maine 04021 in appreciation of their loving care of their friend and neighbor, Phyllis Kamin.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from July 5 to July 6, 2015
Kantz, Irvine* - Portland  
Irvine Scribner Kantz, 94 PORTLAND - Irvine Scribner Kantz, 94, died on Sunday, June 29, 2015, at home in Portland. She was born on the family farm in Mobeetie, Texas. She started school early, as her mother taught in the one room school house. She graduated from Texas Tech at age 20, in 1941. When Irvine began her teaching career, some of her students were older than she was. She met her future husband, Wayne Kantz, when he was stationed in Pampa, Texas, as a flight instructor for the Army Air Corps during WWII. When the war ended, they moved to Wayne's home of southern California. Although they later divorced, they raised two girls, June and Janet, and had many adventures together. Irvine was predeceased by her parents, W.A. and LaVerne (Sims) Scribner; her brothers Albert Scribner and Bud Carroll Scribner, her sister Fannie Belle Scribner, and her daughter, June Kantz Pemberton. She is survived by her daughter Janet Kantz and son-in-law, David Loranger, with whom she lived. She is also survived by her nieces, Carol Ann Scribner (Bernie), Mary Ellen Scribner, and Gail Smith (David), and her nephews Bill Scribner (Becky), Rick Smith, Craig Simmons (Silvia), Eric Simmons (Ilona), and her sister-in-law, Charlsey Scribner. Special thanks to Ann, Edie, Raef and the rest of the team at Hospice of Southern Maine. Irvine always said she was a Texan by birth, a Californian by marriage, and a Mainer by old age. She was a skilled gardener, avid reader, exuberant traveler, devoted Methodist, and lifelong learner. She will be missed. There will be no local service. She will be buried In Mobeetie, Texas, at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Service. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to leave condolences and memories for the family.
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LaBranche, Barbara F.* - Portland  
Barbara F. LaBranche, 72 SOUTH PORTLAND - Barbara F. LaBranche, 72, of South Portland, passed away peacefully in her sleep on the afternoon of July 1, 2015. Although the past few years she was fighting medical problems, those issues never stopped her from having lengthy phone conversations with relatives, helping her grandson with his homework, or joking with her soul mate of 45 years, Raymond. Barbara was born into a large Irish Catholic family in Lowell, Mass., in November, 1945, she was the youngest of nine children. Her father John Deeney, a skilled mill worker, and mother Theresa Whalen Deeney, a homemaker, taught their children the ways of the Catholic religion, the value of love, family, loyalty and especially how to love and support the Boston Red Sox. Barbara spent the majority of her life in the medical field. Starting as a nurse's aid in 1969, and continuing in the medical field to work for Mercy Hospital for 10 plus years. She retired from a small medical practice in 2006. She held close to her heart the many memories of days at Rye Beach, swimming at the pool on River Road, deliciousness of Elliott's hotdogs, adventures to Sebago Lake State Park, but more than anything, watching the boats and reading books at Bug Light. She was predeceased by her loving parents John and Theresa Deeney; and sisters Margaret, Angelita, Mary and Rita. She is survived by her husband Raymond LaBranche of South Portland; daughter Jennifer and husband Rick Dreeves of Pennsylvania, daughter Elizabeth LaBranche and two grandsons Kyle and Jackson of South Portland. Barbara is also survived by sisters Helen LaPointe of Massachusetts, Anne Douville of California, Sister Theresa Bernadette of Kentucky, brother John Deeney Jr. and wife Nancy of Florida, brother-in-law and wife, Joe and Sue LaBranche of Florida, and Jim LaBranche of New Hampshire; as well as numerous nieces, nephews; and godchildren. Special thanks to the group of angels from the VNA, Heather, Stephanie, Joanne, Bonnie and Larissa who constantly displayed comfort, compassion and amazing expertise in caring for Barbara over the years. Many thanks also to the patient, kind and gentle nurses at Maine Medical Center 7th flr, especially Amy who kept her comfortable, warm and in good spirits until the Lord came for her. In honoring Barbara's wishes, she will be cremated. A mass will be said at Holy Cross Church in South Portland will be held at a later date. "The Lord is near to the broken hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit" Psalm 34:18
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from July 5 to July 6, 2015
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