Portland, ME - Susan Marie Powers, 59 of Portland died on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at her home, with her family by her side.  She and her partner, Serafin Diaz had been together for the past twenty seven years. 

Susan was born on June 29, 1957 in Portland, ME a daughter of the late Matthew & Joyce (Alward) Powers and attended school in Gray. 

She was a housekeeper, first with Maine Medical Center and afterward running her own business.  Susan enjoyed cooking, crocheting and sewing, and loved being with family, especially her granddaughters.  

Besides her partner, Serafin, she is survived by her son Adam Powers of Westbrook, her daughter Heidi-Jo Powers and her significant other Brian Holdren of Portland, her step daughter Santa Lopez of Raymond and step son Oscar Colon of Biddeford.  She also leaves five grandchildren Kaylyn Powers, Kyahana Coty, Liliahna Powers-Holdren, Andrea Castro and Tyler Rodriguez as well as a brother James Powers and his significant other Lisa Galipeauo of Windham. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of her life on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 2 p.m. at 14 Bismark Street, Portland, ME. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to help with Susan’s final expenses may be sent to:

Heidi Powers

14 Bismark Street

 

Portland, ME 04103

Auburn, ME -- Betty Virginia Retus, 88, passed away on Monday, July 25, 2016 at Bolster Heights in Auburn, ME.  Betty was born on September 9, 1927 in South Portland, ME daughter of the late Agnes Mildred Bowley and Walter Bimson. 

She grew up in Scarborough and after graduating from Scarborough High School she got an opportunity to work in New York. She met Charles J. Retus Sr. and got married in 1946. She continued to work awhile even after they started a family, then became a full time Homemaker once the family started to increase.  When the children grew up Betty went back to work at a Banking Retirement Company. 

She moved to Hollis, Maine in 1982 where she enjoyed spending time with her family.  She loved cooking, gardening, feeding and watching the birds.  She worked on any type of crafts, crocheting, knitting, macramé, plastic canvas and much more.  She had made sweaters, baby sweaters, blankets, afghans.  She even made one of her daughter’s wedding gown.  Working on Jigsaw puzzles was something she really enjoyed doing. The card table was always up with a puzzle in progress. She loved reading; she would read a book a day. 

Betty loved music and dancing, going out to eat, going to plays at the Ogunquit Playhouse.  She loved to travel and had a great sense of humor.  In her younger years she loved to ice skate. 

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her ex-husband, Charles J. Retus Sr., brother, Walter Bimson , sisters, Frances Knight and Dorothy Reno.  She is survived by her step-sisters, Barbara Dyke of Westbrook, ME, and Marie Carnes of Menifee, CA.  Betty leaves behind her children, Susanne Nunley and her husband Jim of Davenport, FL, Charles Retus, Jr. and his wife Patricia of Buxton, ME, Betty Ann Retus of New Gloucester, ME, Mary Ann Day and her husband Stephen of Gray, ME, 15 Grandchildren and over 22 Great Grandchildren. 

Betty’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Bolster Heights and Hospice for the excellent care they gave her.  

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside funeral service on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Black Point Cemetery, Black Point Road, Scarborough.

Westbrook, Joyce L. (Leahy) Smith, 84, passed away peacefully after a short illness surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Maine Medical Center.  She was the wife of the late Delwin F. Smith who died March 3, 2016. 

She was born January 8, 1932 in Waterville, ME a daughter of the late James E. & Dorothy L. (Glover) Leahy.  Joyce grew up in Dexter, ME attending local area schools and graduated from Dexter High School.  She later graduated from Hussen College in Bangor.  

She was a switchboard operator for several years.  Joyce spent much of her free time working for charitable organizations, including Westbrook Woman’s Club, where she was a past president, and Charities in Winter Haven, FL.  Joyce and Del lived in Phoenix, AZ, Winter Haven, FL and Westbrook, ME through the years. 

Joyce and Del enjoyed seasons overlooking Forest Lake in Cumberland.  It’s here that Joyce’s many talents shown as she delighted in bringing family and friends together.  She was a great cook and always had room for one more at the table.  Joyce also loved Happy Hour on the dock! 

She was a kind and compassionate woman who loved her family and friends not just in words but was there to give love and support.  There was never an animal she didn’t love, unless it was a snake.  Joyce had a great sense of humor, even to the very end. 

She is survived by her daughter Susan Gellerson, who was caregiver to Joyce and Delwin.  She also leaves a stepson Duncan Smith and his wife Martha of Cumberland, her grandchildren Brian A. Hanscom and his wife Stephanie of Litchfield, NH, Lisa S. Campbell and her husband Charles B. of Westbrook and North Carolina, Wesley Smith and wife Kristen of Manhattan, NY, and Hillary Smith of Seattle, WA.  She also leaves her great grandchildren, who she adored, Chelsea E. Campbell of Westbrook, Bailey E. Campbell of Greensboro, NC, Chandler Reischer of Manchester NH, Sydney J. Hanson of Litchfield NH and Shelby B. Hanscom of Litchfield, NH. As well as two sisters Barbara DeCastro of Marshfield, MA and Deborah Hambright of Clearwater, FL, a Stepbrother James DeWitt and his wife Gwen of Ellsworth, ME, a Stepsister Betty Emery of Newburg, ME and several nieces and nephews.  She was also the sister of the late Allen Leahy and Richard Leahy. 

A private lake service was held on July 24, 2016 at their beloved Forest Lake. 

 

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to your local Humane Society.

"Honey

 

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. While I was floating in the pool today I had these thoughts for your memorial . If you want to use it or not is fine. Since I am the wanna be writer here it is. 

 

Today is a day of celebration for Del and Joyce that were deeply loved. Life greats us with moments of reality that forever change us as people. This event creates a deep pain for the loss of these precious people and yet we remember the many joys we experienced.......parents they were deeply loved and loved us .

 

The best grandparents that grandchildren could ever dream of

 

Two people that loved and enjoyed their family.

 

A sister, brother, aunt, uncle and cousin

 

So many holidays and birthdays celebrated together. Sometimes it was a wonderful time and other times it was Sad. To be sure there was always laughter. Today we know Del and Joyce are together with each other and their beloved pets. They will forever be in a place they both loved and created so many lasting memories for their family in this special place. The sounds of this place will always help comfort our souls and help us to remember the joy of having these two people in our life for so long and yet not long enough. 

 

We all wish with all of our hearts that there was just one more time together and here it is today remembering two people that were deeply treasured and loved. 

 

In the gentle stillness of these moments we look upon this beautiful place and reminisce about endless thoughts of two special people. We hear the wind in the leaves and see the gentle flowing water as we offer our Thanksgiving for Del and Joyce. We appreciate and remember the joy we experienced in their presence. The sadness we feel today seems to be overcome by so many awesome memories, but today We offer our special loved ones to God forever. We know they are reunited with each other and all of their love ones. Think of today as a celebration of their homecoming. Most of all remember how loved you are by these two wonderful people."

~ Debra Hambright

 

 

 

 



Portland, ME - It is with sadness that the family of Joseph E. Papi announces his death on July 28, 2016 at age 62. 

Joe was the son of the late Agamenone V. and Clementina T. Papi of Portland.  Joe spent his childhood days growing up happily in the East Deering suburbs of Portland and went on to graduate from Portland High School in 1972. Following high school, Joe attended SMVTI (SMCC), completing his studies at the very top of his class. During his time at Portland High and SMVTI, Joe worked alongside his Dad helping out with their family grocery store. 

In 1978, a few years after graduating from SMVTI, Joe co-founded Papi & Romano Builders. There in tandem with his gifted craftsmanship and strong leadership, he worked to modernize the business by introducing computer technologies and reinforcing the many administrative duties that followed his growing successes. His graceful woodworking will live on in the many homes of Greater Portland. 

Joe was a man that loved a good laugh, driving his Porsche like he was Mario Andretti, embracing the natural world with long mountain hikes and satisfying his voracious appetite for literary fiction by reading and sharing as many books as could be read. 

Among his many career successes, Joe also perfected other crafts, his heirloom quality stain glass tiffany lamps are testament to his skills. He liberated himself by fashioning, creating and sewing intricate and color filled quilts. He also enjoyed good music and film. 

Joe is survived by his two sons, Michael J. Papi of Windham, Joseph Papi of Portland, three sisters, Donna Nappi, (William Dawson) Jina Papi Romano, (Rick), of Portland and Norma Jean Francis of Gorham. Joe was the uncle and great uncle of eleven unique nieces and nephews, he will be sorely missed. 

Joe had a very special “Best Pal”, Bruce Moore of Cape Elizabeth. Bruce and his devoted and supportive wife Jan, cared for Joe in a way unimaginable. Their love and loyalty was a daily gift to Joe and to his family. Thank you Bruce and Jan. 

Family and Friends will gather for a memorial service at Portland Eastern Promenade - Fort Allen Park Gazebo at 11:00 am, Saturday, August 27, 2016

 

 

Memorial Gifts Can Be Made To:

Portland Public Library

WWW.portlandlibrary.com

 

(207) 871-1700

Portland - On July 9, 2016 God called for his little Angel Autumn Jean home to Heaven. 

She was born on September 23, 2015 to Adam Cropley and Shyla Hicks of Portland ME. Although having Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, this never stopped her from being a happy baby. 

Although Autumn’s life may have been short, she touched so many hearts; including the several Health Care Professionals that came to work with her every week. 

She will be greatly missed by her sisters, Ava Marie and Alycianna. 

Autumn is survived by her Paternal Grandparents; Scott Grover of Limington, Melissa Scott-Cropley of Portland, Paternal Great Grandparents; George and Linda Scott of Livermore Falls. Maternal Grandparents Wendell Hicks of Westbrook and  Laura Landry of Portland and Great Grandmother Diane Landry of Portland. Autumn also leaves several Aunts, Uncles and cousins.

Autumn’s family would like to give special thanks to her Team: Theresa Cunniff her PT Therapist, Theresa Barbieri her teacher, Karyn McNally her nurse and Sharon Silver her OT Therapist. We cannot show you our appreciation for helping our baby girl. 

Please join us for a graveside service Monday July 18, 2016 at 11:30 am at New Calvary Cemetery, 1460 Broadway South Portland ME. 

In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Autumn’s memory to:

March of Dimes

136 US Route 1 

Scarborough ME 04074

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