Cape Elizabeth - Joanna Masakowski, 87, passed away on January 11, 2014, after a long battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. She was born Giovanna Callegari in Washington, D.C. on June 6, 1926, to the late Domenico Callegari and his wife Rosa Partel Callegari, both emigrants from northern Italy. Domenico, a well-known hotel chef, bequeathed to Jo his “secret” recipes for gnocchi, spaghetti sauce, and seafood antipasto. Jo graduated in 1944 from Central High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council, President of the Officers’ Club, and earned a letter in hockey.
After graduation, Jo worked as a teller at Riggs National Bank. There she met Michael S. Masakowski, her husband of 66 years. Together they raised three daughters in Garrett Park, MD. They moved to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in 2006, where they were parishioners at St. Bartholomew’s.
Jo will be remembered as a warm, devoted mother and grandmother, and a voracious reader with a keen interest in politics, nutrition, and physical fitness. She biked, swam, and practiced yoga for much of her adult life, and walked several miles daily well into her eighties.
In addition to her parents, Jo was predeceased by her sister Adele Camana and her son-in-law Thaddeus Kowalski. She is survived by her husband Michael, her sister Francesca, her daughters Stephanie Luken, Lisa Kowalski, and Victoria Masakowski, sons-in-law David Luken and Roger Inhorn, and 5 grandchildren: Margaret Kowalski, and Emma, Joseph, Anthony, and Vincent Inhorn.
Memorial services will be in the spring.
We would like to thank the staffs of Maine Center for Cancer Medicine, Cape Elizabeth Dental Associates, CVS Pond Cove Pharmacy, and Shaw’s Mill Creek for their many kindnesses to Jo and Mike over the past few years, and the Hospice of Southern Maine for their extraordinary and compassionate end-of-life care.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Joanna’s guestbook and to leave condolences for the family.
Auburn, ME – Mary A. (Quirion) O’Bryan, 98, of Auburn died on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the Auburn Hospice House. She was born in Brewer, ME a daughter of the late Joseph & Clarisse (King) Quirion.
Mary was a past member of the Maine State Golf Association and local Bridge Clubs in both Florida and Maine.
She enjoyed playing golf as well as cribbage and bridge, which she did well into her 90’s. She spent her winters in Clearwater, FL for over 30 years at the Beachway Mobile Park.
She is survived by her daughter Sally and her son Gerry Raymond of Fairfield as well as six grandchildren Greg, Gisele, Glenn, Ginger, Kim and Heather and nine great grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St Philips Church, 2365 Turner Road, Auburn, ME with Rev. Robert D. Lariviere celebrating.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Mary’s guestbook and to leave condolences for the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory can be made to:
67 Park Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
Westbrook, ME – George H. White, Sr., 55, of Westbrook died on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at his home.
He was born on August, 26, 1958 a son of George W. White Jr. of Harmony, ME and Vera (Carr) Barry of New Gloucester, ME. George grew up in the Gray/New Gloucester and attended local area schools.
George was a master of all trades; he was a mechanic by trade but also worked building and painting homes, as a lobsterman and fisherman, while which he also worked in the marina on the boats.
He will be remembered as a thoughtful and helpful man who would do anything for anyone. The neighborhood will be without their go to handyman.
Besides his parents he is survived by his Paternal Grandfather George W. Smith Sr. of Harmony, his two Daughters Amanda White of Cannon, ME and Brittany White of Westbrook, ME, his Son George H. White Jr. of Cannon, ME and his Step Daughter Christina Clark of Biddeford as well as his former Wife Cheryl L. White of Westbrook, ME.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland. A Funeral Service will follow at 3 p.m. at the Chapel, with Pastor G. L. Wilkins officiating.
Burial will be private and at a later date.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign George’s guestbook and leave condolences for the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations to help with George’s final expenses can be made to:
Cheryl L. White
14 River Street Apt. #4
Westbrook, ME 04092
Scarborough, ME – Beverly L. (Graffam) Sloat, 86, of Cumberland died on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. She was the wife of the late Arthur H. Sloat who died on April 17, 1981.
She was born on May 20, 1927, a daughter of the late Phillip & May (White) Graffam and was raised by her father and her step-mother Laurie (Holmes) Graffam. She graduated from Windham High School in 1946 and was married to Arthur two weeks after graduation.
After raising her children Bev went to work for the former Pineland Hospital in Pownal, before retiring in 1987.
Bev always kept herself busy as she was a member and officer for The Rebbekah’s in Westbrook, holding the office of Past Noble Grand. She was also a member for several American Legion Auxiliary’s and was very active with the Lunn-Hunnewell AMVETS Post #6 Woman’s Auxiliary out of New Gloucester.
She also volunteered her time at the VA Hospital in Togus, the Scarborough Veteran’s Home, Sweetser’s Home in Saco and the she also enjoyed traveling and had been to most of the 50 States. She was very fond of Hawaii and Florida and also traveled to Germany and Ireland. She also loved to dance, especially the Polka.
She is survived by her daughter Carolyn L. Sloat of Cumberland and her son Barry Sloat and his wife Colleen of Raymond. She also leaves her two grandchildren Adam Sloat of South Portland and Michelle Coyne and her husband Michael of Gorham as well as her honorary granddaughters Amanda (Sutton) Holmen and Elizabeth Sutton and two great grandsons Ryan and Cory Coyne of Gorham. She will also be sadly missed by her beloved cat “Gilda”. She was also the sister of the late Philip Graffam.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the West Cumberland United Methodist Church, 5 Upper Methodist Road, Cumberland, ME, with Pastor Geoffrey Gross officiating.
Burial in the West Cumberland United Methodist Cemetery will take place in the spring.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Bev’s guestbook and to leave condolences for the family.
Donations in Beverly’s memory can be made to:
Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART)
302 Range Road
Cumberland, ME 04021
Cumberland Food Pantry
290 Tuttle Road
Cumberland, ME 04021
Lewiston, ME – Bonnie Jane (Green) Thompson, 55, of Canton, ME died on December 30, 2013 at Saint Mary’s Hospital. She was the wife of Gerald O. Thompson.
She was born on May 4, 1958 in Portland, ME, a daughter of the late Chester E. & Gloria A. (Stanley) Green.
Besides her husband, Bonnie is survived by her Sisters Deborah Pullen and Shirley Johnson and her Brothers Chester E. Green Jr., Charles Green and Henry W. Green. She was also the Mother of the late son William “Billy” Thompson.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Maine Veterans Cemetery Chapel, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Bonnie’s guest book and to leave condolences for the family.