FALMOUTH -- John Rumsey Barrows, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, died at home with his family on September 26, following a brave struggle with cancer. He was kind, funny, intelligent, creative, thoughtful and generous. He was a graceful and natural man.
John was born in Greenwich Village, NY in 1948 to Patricia (Lang) and John R Barrows, II. Most of his childhood was spent in Stony Point, NY. The home was filled with musicians, writers and intellectuals, while the neighbors were skilled in the natural world. He was able to catch brook trout by hand, and he could converse endlessly with anyone intuitive enough to keep up. He left home at the age of sixteen, and began his family at the age of twenty. He met his life partner, Sally, in Santa Fe, NM. They moved to Maine in 1973 with their two daughters. There, together with friends and family, they built a house in Falmouth that is still the family home.
Carpenter, sculptor, pattern maker, scale model builder, structural designer, and inventor, he joined Sally’s framing business in 2001, and transformed it into Galeyrie Maps and Custom Framers, building a digital map library, hand-coloring many maps. He was fearless when it came to anything made with his exquisite hands. He used them to help many family and friends.
Two primary passions were humor and food. He was an omnivore of both. From Booth to Gorey, it was hard to tell if he was being dark or funny, usually both, always delighting in paradox. Although his love of food was rooted in the garden, he also loved shopping at Micucci’s and Harbor Fish in Portland, and Sahadi’s in Brooklyn. Depending on what was fresh that day, you never knew what gift would be on your plate that night, only that it would be beautiful, delicious, and made from the heart. On the other hand, he wouldn’t turn down a Jordan’s hotdog at a ballgame, or a lemon ice from Court Pastry either, big grin included.
John is survived by his wife, Sarah “Sally” Galey Barrows, his daughters, Rose Knight Barrows of Aztec, NM & her son, Elijah, and Zoë (Mark) Pellegrino of Brooklyn, NY, & their children, Leila & Sebastian; his sister, Leslie (Phil) Aaholm; his nieces, Chelsea Agee, Liz Beal, Natalie & Alison Galey; and his nephews, Eric (Caroline Johnson) Aaholm, Sonny (Abbi) Beal; his malamute/border collie, Tuck; several grandnieces, grandnephews and siblings-in-law, legions of friends, and his AA community, so many of whom came forward to support the family during the ordeal of his illness.
A celebration of John’s life will take place at the Pellegrino homestead in Concord Township next May. Please contact Sally if you wish to attend.
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Lewiston- Lelia Violet Batten, 60, of Lewiston, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 19, 2014 in her home.
Lelia was born a daughter of the late Gerald Leroy and Oresta (Haines) Batten, on May 3, 1954 in Caribou, ME. She attended local Caribou school, graduating from Caribou High School, and then went on to graduate from Faith School of Theology, in Charleston, ME.
After School, Lelia went to work at Ames Department Store. She then went on to take care of disabled people for several years until becoming disabled herself.
Lelia was an active member of the Lewiston United Methodist Church. In her free time, she enjoyed writing and calligraphy; she also loved her cats.
She is survived by her identical twin Laura Shattack of Lewiston; two brothers, Rev. George Batten and his wife Patti of Fairmont, WV; and Timothy Batten and his wife Susan of Las Vegas, NV as well as several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial Service on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 4 p.m. at the Lewiston United Methodist Church, 59 Sabattus St, Lewiston, ME.
Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Lelia’s guestbook and to leave condolences and memories for the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donation can be made in Lelia’s name to the Lewiston United Methodist Church.
Auburn, ME – Erlon Randall Pike, 66 of Oxford, ME died on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Auburn Hospice House. He was the husband of Lois A. (Wilkins) Pike.
He was born in Lewiston, ME on September 23, 1948 a son of the late Erlon A. Pike and Theva C. (Fickett) Pike of New York. Erlon was a lifelong resident of Oxford.
He worked as the manager of Bear Paw Timber in Waterford for many years and also managed the Oxford Transfer Station until his retirement. He enjoyed raising and working his oxen, in the woods and showing them at the fairs. He also loved music and dancing on Saturday nights, he was always ready to stop and have a conversation with anyone.
Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by his sister Sharon Seamon of Oxford, his four children James Pike and his wife Paula, Coleen Toothaker, Mildred Kenney and her husband David and Enid Cummings, as well as twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild. He also leaves his step mother Nellie Pike and six half brothers and sisters, Alvin, Gordon, Julie, Lorie, Faith and Trudy and his cousin Bion of Waterford. He was also predeceased by his first wife Anita and his grandson Jared Toothaker.
Services will be held at a later date.
Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Erlon’s guestbook and to leave memories and condolences for the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
Auburn Hospice House
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Auburn, ME 04210
Portland, ME -- Carolyn (Striegel) Sautter, 82, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014 at Cedars Nursing Care Center in Portland, Maine, her daughter, Karen, by her side. Born in Greenfield on September 20, 1932 she was the only child of William and Frieda (Anderer) Striegel. Carolyn was born with a congenital hip condition and diagnosed at the age of 3 she spent a great deal of her youth under the care of Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield.
Carolyn attended the Greenfield Public Schools and graduated from Greenfield High School in 1950. She was well known for her beautiful soprano singing voice and performed on WHAI, in choral groups and musical productions and in church choirs. In her youth she worked at Carl’s Tea Room and the Greenfield Tap and Die. She married her high school sweetheart, Richard N. Sautter, on March 30, 1953. Carolyn lived in the Springfield area before returning to Greenfield in 1965. She was a devoted mother and homemaker to her four children and returned to work after her youngest started school in 1974. She worked at Greenfield Community College in the College Store and retired in the late 1990s.
She loved to swim and enjoyed being near the water whether it was Laurel Lake, Drakes Island Maine, the YMCA or her own backyard pool. Fiercely proud of her German heritage a trip to Germany in 1978 with her mother, Frieda and her daughter, Karen was a highlight, finally visiting her mother’s village and meeting her many aunts, uncles and cousins she had heard of all her life. Carolyn was also an intensely proud grandmother, taking great joy in watching them grow and following their accomplishments and activities.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Richard of Westbrook, Maine. She also leaves a daughter, Deborah Chown of Greenfield; daughter, Martha Sautter of South Portland, Maine; son, Mark Sautter and his wife Jody of Magnolia, Texas and daughter Karen Keefe and her husband, Alan of South Portland, Maine along with her six grandchildren, Kate Skorb and her husband Jonathan of Rochdale, MA, Alex Chown of Somerville, Meaghan Doyle of South Portland, Maine, Samantha Sautter of Magnolia Texas and Emily and Patrick Keefe of South Portland, Maine.
There will be a celebration of Carolyn’s life on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm in the Nahman-Watson Library at Greenfield Community College. Memorial donations can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children 519 Carew Street, Springfield MA 01104 or to your local hospice organization. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Messages of condolence may be sent to www.advantageportland.com
Auburn, ME -- Edward Joseph Cunion, 96, passed away at Schooner Estates in Auburn on Thursday September 25. He was born in Lewiston, ME December 1, 1917, son of Patrick and Mary Elizabeth (Jenkins) Cunion. He was educated at St. Joseph’s School and was a graduate of Lewiston High School. He married Rosemary Gagnon in Lewiston on August 29, 1953.
From 1937 through 1941 he was Caddy Master and Assistant Pro at Martindale Country Club in Auburn. He was also an Assistant Pro and Golf Shop Manager at the original Ponta Vedra Country Club in Ponta Vedra Beach, Florida. He was a Ryder Cup selection in the late 1930s, which was postponed because of World War II.
He served in the army from 1942-1946, as a member of the 639th automatic weapons battalion attached to the 99th Infantry Division in the European campaigns of World War II. He saw service in France, Belgium, and Germany and earned 3 Battle Stars. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and in the capture and securing of the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen.
After his discharge from the service, Ed worked in California for Douglas Aircraft and later in construction with Pacific Electric and Gas. He also worked for Iowa Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Pratt-Whitney in Hartford, Connecticut. Ed finished his career at Paragon Glass Works in Lewiston, retiring in 1973.
Ed was a member of the Advisory Committee of the Tri-County Agency for the Blind and the Maine State Agency for the Blind during the 1980s. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Poland Spring Country Club, a lifetime member of the Lewiston Lodge of Elks, the American Legion and the Blinded Veteran’s Association.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; his children Edward Jr. and his wife Sedienyane of Lakewood, CO, Mary Grove and her husband Todd of Cumberland, and Patrick and his wife Ellen of Durham; his grandsons Colin and Ethan Grove and Nathan and Caleb Cunion. Several nieces and nephews survive him.
His parents, his sisters Marguerite Tardiff and Christina Noel, and his brother William predeceased Ed.
Golf was his favorite pastime; Ed played until he was 87 years old. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandsons, walking, gardening, listening to the Notre Dame Football team and the Boston Red Sox on the radio, and listening to Talking Books on tape.
He would like to thank Dr. Matuska and Dr. Raczynski for the excellent medical care they provided him for many years. His family would also like to thank the staff at Schooner Estates for the wonderful care and kindness they showed Ed and his family.
A memorial service will be held at Schooner Estates on Saturday November 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.