South Portland, ME -- Mary Elizabeth (Doonan) Rainey, born February 4, 1931 in Baltimore Maryland, formerly of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Lewes, Delaware, passed away peacefully, August 27, 2014 while residing in Maine.
Elizabeth, or Bets, was the daughter of the late Michael Joseph and Mary Regina Ford Doonan. She is survived by her older brother Michael Joseph Doonan Jr of Maryland, and younger brothers, Edward Francis and wife Lynn, and Thomas Anthony and wife Joyce Doonan of Pennsylvania. She was predeceased by her older sister, Mary Rose Doonan.
Elizabeth enjoyed an active life, basketball in school, bowling duck pins in the 50’s & 60’s & ten pins throughout most of her life, raising her family & dancing with hubbie Chuck, swimming and bbq’s at their backyard pool, golfing, going to the casino and playing bingo with her friends, gathering everyone at their home in Bethlehem and crab feasts and going to the beach near her home in Lewes, shared by her daughter Linda & grandchildren, Lynsey & Matthew. Mom loved all of her family and visiting her grandchildren, Chad and Darah, in Texas and Arizona, brought her great joy, also.
Bobbie, was predeceased in February 1998 by her beloved husband Charles Edward. She is survived by their 4 children, Charles Edward Jr. and wife Debbie of California, Laura Regina Rainey and Cindy Gray of Maine, Thomas Michael and wife Barbara of Delaware, and Linda Carol and husband David Myers of Pennsylvania. Elizabeth’s 4 grandchildren, Chad & wife Jessica Rainey of Arizona, Darah Rainey of California, and Lynsey Graeff and Matthew Myers of Pennsylvania, remember well, her kind spirit and big smile.
Aunt Betts or Bobbie, to her nieces and nephews, will be missed and fondly remembered.
Mom, Grammy & Gige, you shall remain forever young in our hearts and we are deeply saddened.
A private memorial service will be held Friday September 5th, followed by a celebration of her life.
In lieu of flowers, Elizabeth’s family is requesting that memorial donations be made to BayView Resident Fund Wish List, South Portland Nursing Home, 42 Anthoine St., So. Portland ME 04106, so the residents may continue to experience the compassionate work from the staff of angels.
Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Elizabeth’s guestbook to share with her family, your remembrances!
Portland, Maine – John Charles Cronin, 50, died peacefully at his home on August 25, 2014 following a year and a half of living with cancer. He shared his last few days surrounded by his loving family including his partner Tim Mason, and his close friends. As one family member remarked, “John was one of the most remarkable, engaging and genuinely fantastic people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing”.
Whether someone had a brief connection with him or shared a lifetime friendship, everyone seemed to glow in the pleasure of knowing John and receiving his love and naturally positive energy. While he lived with cancer and worked toward healing, John was a constant inspiration to many. His vibrant and constantly optimistic life force touched and inspired his family, friends and healthcare team.
John had a strong sense of place and a passion for adventure. His life and work reflected both of these. After graduating from Bangor High School and the University of Maine in Orono, he worked at the Asticou Inn of Northeast Harbor and the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York before becoming an independent travel and event director which took him to unique places around the world.
His outgoing, effervescent personality and love of people and travel perfectly blended with his work and lifestyle. He also appreciated many special places close to home in Maine that connected him deeply to nature including Monhegan Island and Maine Audubon. John always found time to combine work, adventure and visits with friends and family at destinations far and wide. Remarkably, John remained close with friends from each of these phases of his life, and made ongoing lifetime connections with a diverse network of people.
John lived intentionally along his journey to healing, seeking to learn from all those he engaged while pursuing physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. Recently, he shared with his close friends that he felt “permeated with love”. It now seems that everyone who knew John well or even briefly has felt his love in a palpable way. Although our world is a darker place without his bright eyes and smile, his wish for all would be to appreciate each day as a gift.
John was predeceased by his father Charles J. Cronin of Belfast and is survived by his partner Tim Mason and family of Portland; his mother Anne Cronin of Belfast; two sisters and their husbands, Deanna and Stan Carson of Sarasota, Florida and Cate Cronin and Peter Webb, Rockport, Maine; two brothers and their wives, Barry and Monica Cronin of Carsonville, Michigan, and Kevin and Jamie Cronin of Bangor; two nieces Caroline Webb, Rockport and Julianne Cronin, San Francisco, CA; and three nephews, Dan Carson, of Nashua, NH, Kyle Cronin, Dedham, MA, and Lee Webb, Brooklyn, NY. He was exceptionally close to his many cousins and a truly compassionate, loving friend to people from all over the world.
There will be a celebration of life to honor John at Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, Maine on September 28 between 1:00 and 4:00 with service at 2:00. All are invited to enjoy the wildlife sanctuary, a special place for John and Tim.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated at the
Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME 04102
Portland, ME -- Margaret Rose Ashley Ladeau, 62, of South Portland, died on August 19, 2014, at Maine Medical Center.
Margaret was born on October 25, 1951 in Portland, ME, daughter of the late Philip F. Ashley and New Zealand born Margaret G. (Webb) Ashley. She was a South Portland resident all her life, attended local area schools, and graduated from South Portland High School.
Margaret loved loons, peach blossoms, Mary Janes, and she spent time volunteering as a Brownie Troop Leader.
Besides her mother, Margaret is survived by her daughter Trina R. Knowles and her husband Brian S. Knowles of Salisbury, MA, a son Philip Ladeau of South Portland, ME, brother Peter, sisters Paula, Charlene and Valerie, four grandchildren, two nieces, and a nephew.
Margaret has left us with memories of her undying spirit and gusto for life and laughter. We love you and revel in the thought that you will be enjoying the company of Dad, Larry, and Robin Williams.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:
New England Cancer Specialists
100 Campus Drive, Suite 108
Scarborough, ME 04074
Sara Fritsch, 77, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 1:22 pm, August 15, 2014. Sara passed away from this earth peacefully after a brief illness at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She transitioned out of this world while being held and loved by her son Daniel, and daughter, Betsy. She was reunited with many loved ones and friends in heaven.
Sara was born in Akron, Ohio to Elton (Tony) and Violette M. Ports. Sara was a twin, and is survived by her twin Ann Ports Hempy of Chattanooga, TN. Sara was preceded in death by her parents, and by her older sister Frances Ports Kelly.
Sara was preceded in death by her high school sweetheart and beloved husband, James P. Fritsch (The Legend”). She left this earth exactly 12 years and two days after Jim. She was also preceded in death by her beloved dog, Hannah banana, who was a comfort and companion to her throughout several surgery recoveries.
Sara was voted “most witty” and “most likely to succeed” in high school! She was the homecoming queen. Sara graduated from the Akron General Hospital School of nursing in 1958. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Summa cum laude, Valedictorian, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1961.
Sara worked in numerous roles as a nurse throughout her life. She most loved working in the ER as she loved the “fast pace!” Early in her career, she and her husband lived in Duluth, MN, where she became the Head Nurse of the Medical/Geriatric Unit. She also went on to teach nursing at West Virginia University and Aultman Hospital in Canton, OH. She worked in the ICU, as a public health nurse, and as a medical auditor.
Sara loved quilting, playing the piano, and absolutely loved to throw parties and entertain. Sara and her husband spent many years restoring a historic home in Massillon, Ohio. She loved to decorate and had a wonderful eye for making things look gorgeous. She loved to travel. She loved to dance to the Pet Shop Boys. She loved her children and grandchildren. She loved attending horse shows with her children and would often bring a gourmet picnic. She always said she wanted to be a “garnish chef.” Being home with her family, cooking, and making others feel welcome were her greatest pleasures.
Sara became a Christian in her 40s and did numerous bible studies. She had a closet full of books on the bible, biblical history, and biblical prophecy. She loved those studies, and she loved Christ with every part of her being. Although she faced many, many health issues, she remained positive, strong, thankful, and always counted her blessings. She fully relied on God and her family to get her through difficult times.
Sara is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Betsy and Momen Abdullayof of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; son and daughter-in-law Daniel S. and Elizabeth Fritsch of CharlesTown, WV; sister, Ann Ports Hempy, of Chattanooga, TN; grandsons James and Jacob Fritsch of CharlesTown, WV; grandson Moby James Abdullayof of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; nephews Scott and Paul Cope, and niece, Amy Snowden, all of Florida; and nephews Brian and David, of South Carolina and Tennessee respectively.
A memorial service for Sara will be held in Maine on Sunday, August 31 at noon at the home of her daughter Betsy Abdullayof; 989 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. A memorial service will also be held on Saturday, September 27 at 11:00 at Rivertree Christian Church located at 7373 Portage Street, NW, Massillon, Ohio. A luncheon will be served after the service at the church. Longtime family friend, the Reverend Clifford A. Price will officiate. Contributions are suggested to: The Adoption Network of Cleveland, 4614 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44103; Telephone: (216) 325-1000; or to The Arthritis Foundation of Cleveland, 4630 Richmond Road, Ste. 240 Cleveland, OH 44128 Phone: (216) 831-7000 Toll-Free:1-800-245-2275
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Berwick, ME – Janet Thompson Brooks, 67, of Berwick, collapsed at home on Monday, August 18, 2014, her daughter Courtney was by her side. Janet passed away shortly after being stricken at Wentworth Douglas Hospital in Dover, NH after being joined by her daughter Heidi and her best friend Roberta.
She was born on March 21, 1947 in Rochester, NH a daughter of the late Stanley H. & Maude E. (McLeod) Thompson. She was a graduate of North Berwick High School in 1965 and then went on to attend Ricker College in Houlton, ME. She then married Dr. Ronald C. Brooks of Gorham and spent 23 years together, raising their two daughters.
She owned a small gift shop in Gorham called “The Cat’s Meow”, managed Serious Sun Tanning Salon in Portland for 5 years and was also a CNA for many years working in assisted living as well as home health care. Janet fell in love with Naples, FL, after spending a few years living down south.
Janet taught Sunday school at the First Congregational Church in Gorham and was very close with Jesus Christ. She was also a member of the Gorham Gardening Club.
She was an avid tennis player and was a member of the United States Tennis Association, until she was not physically able anymore. She also enjoyed the beach, the ocean, loved music and loved to dance to Rod Stewart. Janet loved gardening and loved playing the piano. Her greatest loves in life however, were her two daughters and her two grandchildren. She would drop everything to help her daughters and did just that until her last days here on Earth.
Janet had an uncanny sense of humor and was always making folks smile and feeling loved; she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She also had a great sense of style, which went well with her beautiful smile, sparkling blue eyes and had a beautiful soul.
“The meek shall inherit the Earth and the best things in life are for free” ~ Janet Brooks
She will be sorely missed by her two daughters and they will hold on to all the values, morals and faith she instilled in them.
She is survived by her two daughters Heidi (Brooks) Herrera and her husband Richard of Cape Elizabeth and Courtney (Adams) Brooks of Berwick as well as her two grandchildren Taylor Elizabeth Herrera and Andrew Paul Herrera, also of Cape Elizabeth. She also leaves countless close friends including Roberta Godin, Janice Bayley, Sharon Tannerillo and many more.
Her services will be private.
Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Janet’s guestbook and leave condolences for the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to:
American Heart Association
51 US Route 1, Suite M
Scarborough, ME 04074