Died: Sep 19, 2012
Willis H. Lovejoy
Portland, ME – Willis Hamilton Lovejoy, 91, of Portland died on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Muriel (Spring) Lovejoy.
 
He was born in Old Town, ME on November 1, 1920 a son of the late Howard A. & Sonie M. (Hamilton) Lovejoy.
 
He was raised on the family farm in Chester, Maine, and moved to North Anson, Maine in 1935. He graduated from Anson Academy in 1939, where he lettered in several sports including basketball and baseball. His love of sports continued throughout his life and he spent many weekends and evenings watching the Red Sox.
 
He was a member of the Greatest Generation, serving in Africa and Europe during World War II. He was inducted in the Army October 7, 1942 in Bangor, Maine.   He entered active duty October 21, 1942 and served with Headquarters Company, 85th Infantry Division in North Africa and Italy from January 2, 1944 to November 15, 1945. He participated in Rome-Arno, North Apennines, and Po Valley Campaigns and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal. He achieved the rank of Corporal.
 
He married the love of his life, Muriel Spring, on May 22, 1948 in Keene, N.H.
 
Following the war, he owned or operated several gasoline stations in Maine. He later worked for W. H. Hinman, Inc., and the Maine State Department of Transportation, in engineering.
 
He is survived by his wife Muriel; his daughters Barbara Dyer of Portland and Rebecca Kees and her husband Gerald of Lakeland, Florida; his grandchildren, Christopher Dyer, Jennifer Dyer Goodwin and her husband Jeffrey, Amy Gallant Foelsche and her husband Karl, and Holly Gallant Wilson and her husband Chad; great-grandchildren Eric Goodwin, Morgan Goodwin, Sarah Wilson and Dia Foelsche; his sister, Shirley L. Goodwin of Marietta, Georgia, and a niece.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial services on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11 a.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress Street, Portland.
 
 Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Willis’ guestbook.
 
Died: Sep 14, 2012
Bobbi J. Callahan
Bobbie Callahan - explorer, pioneer, survivor and humanist - passed away Friday, Sept. 14th, 2012 after life rich with friends and full of love.
 
She was born and grew up in Portland, ME graduating from Deering High School in 1971. Bobbie was the most loyal of friends, discreet and non-judgmental. She embodied the best characteristics of her humanitarian, democratic star sign, Aquarius. Her greatest legacy is the loving memories that her many friends and family will always cherish. Bobbie lived her life to the fullest on her own terms.
 
She was talented artist, and enjoyed reading autobiographies and the old movie classics. She worked as a Master Hair Stylist in San Francisco and had many celebrity clients. Her career continued when she moved back to Maine with Regis Hair Salon. She had a huge heart and a kind and caring nature, a bright light in all our lives and will be sadly missed.
 
She was predeceased by her parents Robert and Leona Callahan and her sister Margie MacDougall.
Survived by: sisters Jean Perry of Renton, Washington, Linda Grover of Gorham, Maine, Jennifer Harvey of Portland, ME; brothers Frank Callahan and wife Barbara of Portland, John Callahan and wife Elaine of California, brother-in-law William MacDougall of Standish, Maine and many nieces, nephews and friends.
 
There will be a celebration of her life for close friends and family at Blackstone Cafe on Pine Street Portland on Friday September 21st from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Bobbie’s guest book.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Liver Foundation at 39 Broadway, Suite 2, New York, NY 10006 or at http://www.liverfoundation.org
Died: Sep 9, 2012
Mereda A. (Dorricott) Wishman Cleary
Mereda Alice Dorricott Wishman Cleary passed on September 9th, in her 103rd year, after a brief illness. She was a longtime resident of Ledgeview Assisted Living in Cumberland Foreside, Maine. 
 
Mereda was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 17, 1909, the fourth of seven children born to Mary Ralston Spotts and Charles William Dorricott, a Tool and Dye maker who invented the player piano. She had three brothers, Francis, Samuel (known as Gilbert), and Charles Jr. She also had three sisters, Edna, Lillian (known as Ruth), and Alice. She was very close to her siblings, especially her sisters, Ruth and Alice. She loved to go dancing and to the movies in her youth. She witnessed some great changes of the 20th century, such as when the city of Philadelphia began an initiative to switch all the private residences from gas lights to electric, and she recalled them with great humor and fondness. Her Mother ran a boarding house in Wildwood, NJ in the summers and Mereda spent many treasured times at the beach and on the boardwalk with family and friends.
 
She attended Woodland Baptist Church of Philadelphia for 74 years. A student of Mrs. Lilian Koehler's Sunday school class upon becoming a member she and some of her classmates became such good friends and steady members of the church that they continued in the work of their teacher into adulthood packing Christmas Baskets for the needy and contributing to the church and Baptist Institute. By selling homemade candies and hosting luncheons. She also became a Sunday school teacher at first teaching young boys and then young girls even directing them in their class plays. She would continue her work becoming a member of the Board of Deacons, the Dorcas Circle, and the Bazaar Committee. The church was her anchor through many trying times and became her family.
 
She married William (Bill) Leonard Wishman on Thanksgiving 1937. They had one son, William Ronald Wishman in September 1941. After a trolley crashed into his work truck, it was discovered that Bill had Multiple Sclerosis and in 1951 passed from complications. She remarried in 1957 to John (Bernie) Bernard Cleary and was with him till his passing in 1983.
 
Mereda worked as a secretary most notably for the Navy and the National Park Service, retiring in the late 60's when the office moved from Philadelphia to Washington D.C.. She received much recognition for her work over the years even receiving the Department of the Interior's Meritorious Service Award in 1970. After retirement, Mereda cared for her granddaughter, Carina, even volunteering at her school, William B. Evans Elementary and hosting a “Teacher's Tea” for all the teachers who were part of her granddaughter's life. The tea was a tradition she carried on long after her granddaughter left elementary and the state.
 
In 1995, at 86 years of age, she chose to be closer to her son and granddaughter and moved to South Portland, Maine. She became a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church and resumed her volunteer activities joining the Women's Federation. She enjoyed writing letters to friends, crossword puzzles, playing with her great grandchildren, and her afternoon tea, which she swore to be the reason for her longevity. She shared her home with various family members until 2002 when she moved to Ledgeview.
 
She is predeceased by her brothers, sisters Edna and Ruth, her husbands, Bill and Bernie and most painfully by her son, Ron. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Andie Wishman of Gray, her daughter-in-law Carol Wishman of Brunswick, her granddaughter, Carina Wishman Freedner and grandson-in-law, Jonathan Wishman Freedner, her great-grandchildren, Maxwell and Laurel (Ellie) Wishman Freedner all of Brunswick, her sister, Alice Cameron of Florida and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews!
 
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, PA.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland, ME. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Mereda’s guestbook.
Died: Sep 10, 2012
Rachel B. (Gagne) Kemp
Lewiston – Rachel B. (Gagne) Kemp, 65, of Lisbon Falls passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 10, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital with her family by her side. She was the wife of the late William J. Kemp III who died on August 22, 2004.
 
She was born in Westbrook, ME on October 22, 1946 a daughter of the late Hormidas L. “Mike” & Alma P. (Cantara) Gagne. She grew up in Westbrook attending local area schools, graduating from Westbrook High School. She married William on October 24, 1964. They resided in Raymond, Maine up until his passing, shortly after that she moved to Lisbon Falls with her daughter and son-in-law.
 
Rachel worked at numerous places of employment, Sylvania/G.E., Bradley’s, Microwave Technique, S.D. Warren, and up to her recent retirement, Wal-Mart in N. Windham and Brunswick.
 
She enjoyed reading romance novels, crocheting and playing Cribbage with anyone willing to go up against her. She also enjoyed scratch tickets and loved Bingo and the slots, making several trips to Foxwoods with her sister. Rachel was a kind and caring woman who was completely devoted to her family and her grandchildren were her pride and joy, supporting them in whatever they did.
 
Rachel was predeceased by her sister C. Priscilla Fecteau, who passed away May of 2012.
 
She is survived by her three children Elizabeth Sullivan and her husband Jay of Lisbon, Michael Kemp and his fiancée Debbie Dow of Parsonsfield, and Suzanne Miller and her husband Jeffrey of Lisbon Falls. She also leaves her seven grandchildren William, Traci, Christopher, Sarah-Ann, Michael, Kolby-William, Aizyk-Michael and eight great grandchildren as well as a godson Dennis Fecteau of Standish and several nieces and nephews.
 
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the ICU at St. Mary’s Hospital, your care and kindness can never be repaid.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Rachel’s Life on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 1 – 4 p.m. at Lisbon Falls Baptist Church Life Center; 555 Lisbon Street, Lisbon Falls.
 
Arrangements are under the direction of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Rachel’s guestbook.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:
St Mary’s ICU Fund
St Mary’s Development Office
P. O. Box 7291
Lewiston, ME 04243
Or
Barbara Bush Children Hospital
Development Office
Bramhall Street
Portland, Maine 04102
Died: Sep 8, 2012
Michal R. Jensen
Portland, ME -- Michal R. Jensen, 69, of Portland died on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Seaside Nursing Home after a long battle with cancer. 
 
Michal was born in Souix City, Iowa on July 18, 1943 a daughter of the late Herman & Dona (McDonald) Rahn. She grew up in Souix City, attending local area schools. 
 
She served her country as a US Marine between 1963 and 1965. She lived in many areas across the country before moving to Maine in the late 1980’s.
 
She spent the last ten years working as a CNA for New England Rehab in Portland and prior to that did data entry for Blue Cross & Blue Shield.
 
She had an affinity for animals, rescuing several over the years and was devoted to her latest dog, Beauty. Michal also enjoyed shopping, which was her favorite pastime. It didn’t matter what she was shopping for, she enjoyed buying things for others. Walks along the beach, especially Old Orchard Beach, was also something she was very fond of.
 
She is survived by her three sons Donnie Benson and his wife Ronda of Miamisburg, OH, Bryce Jensen and his wife Nicole and Cory Jensen both of Portland. She also leaves six grandchildren Cody Benson, Christian Lockwood and his wife Ashley, Jennifer, Eric, Matthew and Sienna Jensen as well as a great grandchild Korbin Lockwood, a sister Patricia Keller and her husband John of Denver, CO and several nieces and nephews.
 
Services will be private.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Michal’s guestbook.
 
In lieu of flowers, donation in her memory can be made to:
Almost Home Rescue
P. O. Box 9421
South Portland, ME 04116
or
American Lung Association
122 State Street 
Augusta, ME 04330
 

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