Buxton, ME -- Douglas Lee Peaslee, 61, of Buxton died on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a battle with cancer. He was the husband of Judith (Noyes) Peaslee.
He was born in Rumford, ME a son of Silas F. Peaslee and the late Charlotte (West) Peaslee. He was raised in North Yarmouth and graduated in 1973 from Greely High School in Cumberland.
Doug was very work oriented and sometimes worked multiple jobs and odd hours, just to provide for his family. He was a long time technician for Century Tire in Portland before becoming a commercial truck driver. He put in 35 years behind the wheel hauling freight, groceries and mail. His employment included working for DECO, AirRide, Hannaford Brothers and most recently Keith Shorey Trucking.
He was a jack of all trades and enjoyed working on household projects. He enjoyed spending time with his family and his seventeen gradkids and was unable to see number eighteen, who is due in June. His pride and joy were his cats, Parker and Milo.
Besides his wife he is survived by his two daughters Jody Haase and her husband Herb and her seven children, Alexis, William, Isabella, Herbert, Anna, Hudsen and Hayden; and Stephanie Jensen and her husband Darren and her two children Griffin and Skye as well as his two sons Douglas L. Peaslee II and his wife Darsha and his four children Douglas, Danica, Domenica and Donovan and Edson Peaslee and his wife Andrea and his five children Caitlin Gora, Kolby, Konnor, Keegan and Christianne Leigh (named after her grandfather). He also leaves a brother Gary Peaslee and sisters Bonnie Littlefield, Debra Gellatly, Sherri Curit and Charlotte Kane as well as many nieces, nephews
and three foster sisters. He was also the brother of the late Silas Peaslee.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life from 2 - 6 p.m. on Saturday March 19, 2016 at the Yarmouth AmVets Hall, 148 North Road, Yarmouth.
Please make donations in Doug's memory to the Animal Refuge League of Westbrook of the Maine Cancer Society.
Scarborough, ME -- Edward James Cunningham 83, died on March 2, in Portland after a brief illness. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Helen R. Cunningham, who passed away in October. They were married at St. Kevin’s in Dorchester, Ma. on November 4, 1961. Edward was born in Boston, Ma. on April 10, 1932 to John and Agnes Cunningham. He was a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Ma.
Ed went into the Air Force after high school during the Korean conflict. He served mostly as a radar tracker and mechanic, but was also a spotter for rescue operations and trained as a bombardier. He used to joke that for his training he bombed New Orleans in a B-29. After the service, Ed became a Revenue Officer for the IRS where he worked until retirement. After taking a year off, Ed went right back to work full time for another decade as a parking garage attendant. He used to like to tell funny stories about the people he saw every day coming in and out of the garage.
He was a member of the parish of Our Lady of Hope and a devout Catholic all of his life.
Ed was a lifelong reader and was especially interested in history and the lives of the saints, as well as other people who were on a spiritual quest. When he was younger, he enjoyed camping and traveling. As he got older, he could usually be found “puttering around” the house or in the back yard fixing something or working on a project. Ed liked to follow the Red Sox and Patriots and he had fond memories of going to Fenway Park as a boy in Boston. But what he liked most was to go out to eat with his wife and best friend, Helen, and visit his children and grandchildren. Ed had a sharp wit and could make his family laugh by poking fun at them and himself.
Ed is survived by his Son Edward Cunningham of Portland, his daughter-in-law Jennifer Tingle, and their children Helen and William; his son Patrick Cunningham of Hallowell, his daughter-in-law Wendy Harper, and their children Charlotte and Josephine; his daughter Mary Bass of Woodstock, Georgia, his son-in-law Chris Bass, and their children Colton and Carlene. His sister Francis Nuzzo of Leesburg, Florida, and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Pius X on Ocean, Ave in Portland, Me. on April 8th at 11:00 o’clock. A reception will follow at the church hall.
Westbrook, ME -- Brian David Lutz lost his battle with his demons and addiction March 6, 2016 but has finally found peace.
Brian was born November 18, 1979 in Bath, Maine. He is the son of John and Arlene (Dunphy) Lutz of Westbrook.
In his early years one of his favorite things to do was to spend time at White Lake State Park in Tamworth, NH with his Dad and his Grammie and Grandpa. There were many, many camping trips there. While a student at Westbrook High School he enjoyed playing his trumpet in the marching band, pep band and jazz band. After graduating from WHS in 1998 he had quite a few jobs and finally settled at Auto Europe in Portland and worked there for many years until his death. While there he got to travel the world extensively, which he so enjoyed.
Some of his favorite things were Jam Bands, the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics and Karaoke. But his most precious thing in life was his son Keagan. He spent a great deal of time with Keagan and was teaching him to play “chest” as Keagan called it.
We will remember him for his sweet smile which Keagan shares.
Brian was predeceased by his step-grandfather Earl (Bumpa) Dunphy, grandfather Roy Lutz Sr. and grandmother Mary Anne Elwell.
He is survived by his parents John and Arlene of Westbrook, son Keagan of Cape Elizabeth, grandmother Claire Lutz of Bath, (who always referred to him as “my Brian”) grandfather Alan Elwell of Bath and Port Orange Florida; siblings Stacey Heavin and her husband Sean of Hollis, Grant Delaware and his wife Jeannie and their son Tae of Scarborough, Ryan Delaware and his partner Kathleen Dull of Albuquerque, NM, Logan Dleaware and his wife Kate of Leander, TX, April Dleaware of Westbrook, Robbie Nunes of Florida and Alicia Nunes of Florida; former partner, staunch supporter and mother of his sone, Linda Smith and her children Jordan and Kiera of Cape Elizabeth; Aunts and Uncles, Brenda Elwell-Taylor and her husband Jason, Lisa Elwell, Mike Elwell and his wife Nancey, Beau Elwell and his wife Traycee, Grady Elwell and his wife Beth, Sandy (Lutz) Gilson and her husband Bill and Donna Davis; and many cousins and friends.
There will be no formal service. An open house Celebration of Bri’s Life will be held at his parents’ home at 36 Richard Street, Westbrook on Saturday, March 12 from 1:00-5:00 PM. Please come and share your memories of Brian with us and each other. A burial for the family will be held at a later date.
In Lieu of flowers or donations, we ask that you perform an act of kindness and think of Bri when you are doing it.
You are now at peace our sweet son- we loved you then- we love you now- we will love you always.
Here’s to you sweet Bri.
Windham, ME -- Maria Teresa Giordano-Kimball of Windham, Maine passed away on Wednesday, March 8th, with her family nearby after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Kurt, of Windham, her two sons, Anthony of Windham and Nicholas of Portland. She also leaves behind aunts, uncles, cousins, and many other family members.
Maria was born on July 23rd, 1952 at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine to Connie and Nino Giordano. She graduated from Portland High School in 1970, and took classes at the University of Southern Maine thereafter. While working at Maine Mack Truck in Westbrook, she met the love of her life, Kurt Kimball. The two married in 1977, and later moved to Windham to start a life together.
She spent 20 years in the insurance industry prior to changing careers to spend more time with her children. After moving on from insurance, she worked for the Windham School District for nearly 15 years before her illness cut her career short. While she enjoyed teaching all subjects, she found particular joy in working with the children of the special education department. During her time at the Windham School District, she made many lasting friendships with the teachers and staff.
Maria was a very caring, strong, and honest woman who was not afraid to stand up for what she believed in. As was her nature, she loved helping and inspiring others; whether through giving general life advice, or through her lesson plans at school. She always made sure to make a positive impact on everyone she knew.
Her favorite hobby was gardening. Every summer, she worked hard to maintain a large garden that even those with the greenest thumbs would be proud of. In addition to gardening, she enjoyed boating, going to the beach, baking, and interior decorating. Maria was proud of her Italian roots, and as a result, family was always most important to her. Her husband and two sons meant the world to her. She enjoyed taking trips to Florida with her family and spending time with her parents.
She had an incredible sense of humor that she maintained right until the end. Nothing seemed to be too big of a challenge for her, as she handled life's challenges with grace and confidence. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Maria's friend, Debbie Hall, for all of her help and planning throughout this process.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave. Portland, ME.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 72 Federal Street, Portland, ME. Interment to follow in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland, ME.
In lieu of flowers, please make any donations in Maria's memory to:
The Patrick Dempsey Center
29 Lowell Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
Lisbon Falls – William (Bill) M. Hlister, 58 of Lisbon Falls died peacefully at his home. He was born on May 3, 1957 in Portland to John J. and Miriam (Robson) Hlister.
Bill graduated from Morse High School, class of 1975. He was previously employed by Bath Iron Works, Stinson Canning Company and the Slovak Club in Lisbon Falls. He enjoyed trivia, football, fishing, horseshoes and participated in dart tournaments and competition pistol shooting. He was a member of the Slovak Catholic Association, The Left Hand Club, Sons of American Legion, A Lifetime member of the Bath Elks Club.
He was predeceased by his father John J. Hlister, Jr.
He is survived by his mother, Miriam R. Hlister of Baltimore, MD, two sisters, Janet M. of Baltimore MD, Kathy Woodman and her husband, Brian, their sons, Jonathan and Thomas, all of Falmouth, and a brother Glenn Gamrat and his wife Darlene of Sabattus and his children, Nick of Everett WA, and Jessica of Cape Coral FL. He also has many cousins.
A celebration of his life will be on April 2nd, 2016 from 1-4 pm at The Slovak Club, 26 Avery St, Lisbon Falls.
Donations may be made is his memory to:
Central Maine Adaptive Sports
200 Lost Valley Road
Auburn ME 04210