Died: Sep 30, 2012
Louise P.(Robert) Morin
Limerick, ME – Louise Pauline (Robert) Morin, 66, died on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at her home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Hubert E. Morin.
 
Louise was born in Manchester, NH on November 30, 1945 the daughter of the late Omar & Laurette (Tetreault) Robert. She grew up in Manchester attending local area schools. She and Hubert moved to Maine about twenty five years ago and were married on March 8, 1990.
 
She loved the companionship of her cats as well as gardening, growing both vegetables and flowers.
 
Besides her husband she will be sadly missed by her three adoring daughters, Debra Coltey-Reeves and her husband Rene Reeves of Petersborough, NH, Vivki Coltey and her wife Tara Mahady-Coltey of Bow, NH and Rebecca Walker and her husband Russell of Warner, NH. She also leaves her two granddaughters Rowen and Gabrielle as well as a brother Paul Robert and his wife Roxanne of New Boston, NH and many nieces and nephews.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life on October 20, 2012 from 1 -4 p.m. at her home, 18 Central Ave, Limerick, ME.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland, ME. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Louise’s guestbook.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:
ASPCA
424 East 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128
or
Hospice of Southern Maine
180 US Route One
Scarborough, ME 04074
Died: Sep 29, 2012
Marie Mae (Yates) Chaplin
Freeport, ME - Marie Mae (Yates) Chaplin, 66, of Conway, NH died on September 29, 2012 at the Freeport Nursing Home.
 
Marie was born in North Conway, NH on January 2, 1946 a daughter of the late Charles E. & Mildred M. (Day) Yates. She grew up in Brownfield, ME and attended local area schools and graduated from Sanford High School in Sanford, ME. She married Robert Chaplin Sr. in 1968 and remained married to him until 2009.
 
She enjoyed knitting and sewing and spending as much time with her grandchildren as possible.
 
She is survived by her son Robert Chaplin II and his wife Sarah of Greensboro, NC, her daughter Michelle Emerson and her husband Martin of Biddeford, ME and her four grandchildren Harold, Sophia, Gretchen & Ethan, with a fifth on the way. She also leaves a brother Norman Yates of Manchester, NH and was the sister of the late Roger Yates.
 
Graveside services for close friends and family will be held on November 3, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery, Cornish, ME.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Marie’s guestbook.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl.
New York, NY 10001.
Died: Sep 26, 2012
Patricia L. (Boobar) Kessler
Ocean Park, ME – Patricia L. (Boobar) Kessler, 72, of Hobe Sound, FL and Ocean Park, ME died surrounded by her family on Wednesday September 26, 2012 at her home in Maine. She was the wife of Richard T. Kessler.
 
Pattie was born in Boston, MA on February 14, 1940 the daughter of the late Lester & Erma (Steeves) Boobar. With her father being a Methodist minister, she spent her childhood in many different locations throughout Maine; however most of her younger years were spent in Portland. She graduated from Deering High School as a member of the class of 1958 and then went on to obtain her BA in Journalism through Syracuse University. Shortly after college she married Richard and spent just shy of 50 years with him.
 
She worked for Amica Insurance for almost twenty years before retiring in 2003, spending time at locations in Connecticut, New Hampshire and finally Portland, ME. In 1995, she and her husband began their own business venture at The Nautilus by the Sea Guesthouse in Ocean Park, ME. The same town she had summered her entire life.   She continued to work with her husband at the inn until falling ill.
 
Pattie was a member of the Ocean Park Association. She was a caring and extremely gregarious person whom loved to read, solve crossword puzzles, and what she liked to call, “chit-chat”.  Pattie and her husband thoroughly enjoyed the beach and traveling the world together, notably Egypt and the Galapagos Islands.
 
Pattie very much enjoyed being with her family and friends. She would repeatedly make reference to her amazing friends and family. Pattie was kind, clever, thoughtful, good-natured, witty, understanding, welcoming, loving, admired and cherished.  She had an infectious personality and an open heart for everyone.  What we will remember most of Pattie is her everlasting smile. Even during a tough battle with cancer for 3 1/2 years. She never did stop smiling. 
 
Besides her husband she is survived by her three children, Rebecca Paquette and her husband Michael of Griswold, CT; Valerie Kessler of South Portland and Steven Kessler and his wife Kay of Topsham. She also leaves her four grandchildren Derek and Brett Paquette, Joseph and Jacob Kessler as well as two brothers John Robert Boobar and his wife Marlene of Hobe Sound, FL and Daniel Boobar and his wife Jean of Rockport, ME.
 
Services will be private.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland, ME. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Patti’s guestbook.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:
Diane’s Voice, Inc.
P. O. Box 2472
Jupiter, FL 33468
www.dianesvoice.org
or
National Ovarian Cancer Collation
2501 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
www.ovarian.org
Died: Sep 27, 2012
Esther M. MacDuffie
Esther Marie MacDuffie passed away very peacefully on September 27, 2012. She was 85 years old. At the time of her passing she was held with love in the hearts of her friends, family, and children.
 
Esther worked as a Public Health Nurse for most of her career, a calling that she truly loved. She was a caring person who healed her patients not only with her skilled hands and medical knowledge, but with her quiet conversation and genuine interest in their lives. In the 1970's she served as resident nurse on Swan's Island, on call to this isolated community 24 hours a day, attending to emergencies, trauma, and deaths, as well as holding regular clinics for children and seniors. She also worked for the Ellsworth, Westbrook, and Portland Community Health Services. Her concern for her patients extended beyond her retirement at age 75, when she continued to provide free clinics and home visits to those in need for many years, until she could no longer drive.
 
She was a progressively minded person who researched and adopted a health-oriented diet long before this became popular. Without the help of electricity, she fed her large family primarily from food harvested from their small farm on Swan’s Island. She helped form a small co-op that organized the shipment of whole grains and natural sweeteners to the island.
 
Esther loved her family and used her many talents for cooking, sewing, singing, and making handcrafts to create a warm, beautiful, and inspiring home for her children. Her resourcefulness taught her kids to do more with less, inspiring creativity and delight in problem solving.
 
She was known for her green thumb and to the end of her life spent every summer amongst the rows of her large vegetable garden. Inside the house she tended her vast collection of cactus and succulents. Her 8-foot cactus, bedecked with ornaments, was a marvel to all that had the opportunity to see it.  Her nurturing nature extended to the many animals that she rescued over the years.
 
Esther was a spiritual person who questioned the world constantly. She was a member of both Unity and the Westbrook -Warren Congregational Churches, where she contributed her beautiful voice to the choir for many years. 
 
She was born in Fleetwood, PA on July 11, 1927 to Matilda (Trout) and John Messersmith. She earned a Masters in Nursing from Yale University School of Nursing.
 
Esther was a gentle member of her community where ever she lived. She will be remembered for her generosity, her independent nature, her friendly ways, and her warm smile.
 
Esther leaves her six children: Angus, Nathan, Heather, Laurel, Robin, and Noel; her daughters-in-law Lynda MacDuffie, Lani Graham, Lynn Carpenter Jones, Deborah Miller, and Pamela Wagner; her son-in-law David Orser; her sister, Margaret MacLaughlin; and two grandchildren. 
 
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at 11:30am at the Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church in Westbrook, Maine. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Esther’s name.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Esther’s guestbook.
Died: Sep 24, 2012
James H. Lash
Scarborough, ME – James H. Lash, 83, of Portland died on Monday, September 24, 2012 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. He was predeceased by his wife of almost fifty years, the late Ellen (Tripp) .
 
Jim was born on January 8, 1929 in Geneseo, IL a son of the late Clarence R. & Esther (Brauns) Lash. He grew up in Geneseo and attended local area schools and graduated from the local high school. He then went on to obtain his Masters in Theater. 
 
Jim was a college professor of theater for a time and also an actor, doing some summer stock, as well as independent movies. In the mid 1980’s, while touring with the show, they  discovered and fell in love with Boothbay Harbor and he and his wife moved there and opened a bookstore. They retired to Peaks Island in 1990.
 
He was a member of the National Nature Conservatory and greatly enjoyed traveling the world with his wife. He was also an avid sailor.
 
The last of his immediate family he is survived by many dear friends.
 
A private memorial service will be held for his close friends.
 
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Jim’s guest book.
 
In lieu of flowers, donation can be made in his memory to:
American Stroke Association
7272 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75231

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