Portland, ME - Joanne M. Stitham – Willis, 77, passed on Saturday, August 26th after a very long illness.
Born in Portland Maine on April 28th, 1940 to Francis Stitham, Joanne grew up with her three brothers, William Stitham, (who predeceased her in 2012), Richard Stitham from South Carolina, and, her baby brother Randall Stitham from Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
She lived for many years in Presque Isle Maine, where she graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1960. Joanne was closest to the Thomas Family who loved her as their own, with Dawn Thomas-Grover being her closest lifelong friend.
She also lived in Boston, MA for ten years before relocating to Richmond VA in 1978. She worked at MCV in transportation and the Mackie Vending Co, as well as Meals on Wheels before becoming a CNA from the Beatitudes School. She worked in geriatric nursing for many years before becoming a home care assistant.
Joanne leaves her four children, Dawn Saulnier-LaBelle of Feeding Hills MA, Sherry Saulnier, James Willis and Nicole Willis, all of Richmond VA. Joanne had so many close friends, who she always treated as her family. She was the proud grandmother of Ashley Saulnier, Joanna Willis, Jasmine Willis, James and Joshua Willis-Hatcher, Jena Willis-Hatcher, Malik Willis, Julieana Hernandez, Jayana Hernandez, Ciara and Haylee Abrams, James Shepperson, Samantha Moseley, Angelo Williams, and Anthony Williams. She also leaves four nieces and a nephew.
Joanne moved back home to Portland in 2008. She was involved with the Senior Center and was often going on their trips to shows, the beach, and to Boston. She often made beautiful handmade crocheted blankets for hospital patients, family and friends.
Joanne loved the snow and, until last year, was always found outside making snow angels as soon as a storm had ended. She often listened to K.D. Lang and played Angry Birds to pass the time when she was home bound.
Joanne's family would like you to know how grateful they are to her son, James Willis, who relocated to Maine and took great care of his mother for the last six months, always being by her side. We appreciate your selflessness so very much and we are proud of the care you gave every day.
Funeral Arrangements are incomplete at this time
Scarborough, ME - William S. Davis, 80, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, died Friday morning, August 25, 2017 at the Scarborough Terrace.
William was born in Portland to John and Agnes McAvoy Davis and graduated from Cheverus High School in 1955. He attended St. Francis Xavier College for his undergraduate degree, going on to receive his Masters of Science in Education and Masters of Art in Public Policy from the University of Southern Maine.
A beloved English teacher, Bill taught at Bonny Eagle High School, where he was also assistant track coach, and at the Maine Youth Center, now known as Long Creek Youth Development Center. During his time at MYC Bill was an outspoken advocate for the youth he taught and worked tirelessly to better their opportunities.
Bill was also incredibly passionate about social justice and volunteer work. In addition to his work focused on restorative justice he supported food and educational programs in Haiti and volunteered at the Maine Medical Center, St. Bartholomew's Parish and Wayside Food Kitchen.
Bill was a devoted father and grandfather who gave endless love and received it in return. He loved classical music, reading, theater, and baseball, especially those “Damn Yankees.” During his life he could often be seen at Fort Williams and Two Lights State Park.
He is survived by sons John and Christopher Davis, daughter Nancy Keast, her husband Mark, and three grandchildren Jessica, Megan, and Matthew. He was predeceased by son James Davis and partner Blanche Mack-Davis.
A service will be held at Saint Bartholomew's Parish, 8 Two Lights Road in Cape Elizabeth on Monday, September 4, 2017 at noon, with a Celebration of Life to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
Wayside Food Programs
PO Box 1278
Portland, ME 04104
John A. S. “Jack” Rogers, 89
YARMOUTH - Jack Rogers died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, August 6, 2017 after a period of declining health. He was born on September 18, 1927 to Roland and Emelyn Nickerson Rogers, and as a child, lived largely in Washington D.C., with summers spent with extended family in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
He graduated from Harvard University in 1949, and began a varied career that always had education, writing and helping troubled teenagers at its core. He was a movie scriptwriter, a PR director at Bolt Beranek and Newman, a TV producer at public television in Boston, and for many years, a high school English teacher and head of an English Department. When he moved to Maine in 1987, he thoroughly enjoyed his years as a teacher and counselor with teenagers at the Maine Youth Center, and also served as Inmate Advocate at the Maine Correctional Center. He had a passion and a gift for working with “people in dire straits” – his words – “runaways, convicts, Viet Nam vets in prison, addicts.” After retirement, he volunteered extensively as a mentor/tutor at LearningWorks in Portland, where he was known fondly as “Doc Rogers.” That name also became his moniker with his jazz musician friends.
He married Marjorie Stone in September 1974, a loving partnership of 43 years. His three children – Lucia, Jo, and Becca – greatly enriched his life and became cherished friends. He and Marjorie were also foster parents to 14 teenagers over the years.
Jack was an avid lifelong sailor, and a jazz violinist and bass player. His book of short stories, The Elephant on the Tracks and Other Stories, was selected as the winner of the Fiction Chapbook Competition of the Maine Arts Commission in 1992. He was a serious reader, had a great love of jazz, and a wonderful dry sense of humor. He lived a rich and full life, always with dog treats in his pockets just in case, and he will be sorely missed.
Jack is survived by his wife, Marjorie Stone, of Yarmouth; daughter Lucia Hicks and her husband Grant, of Acton, MA; son Joseph Rogers, of Westbrook, ME; daughter Rebecca Rogers, of Martha's Vineyard, MA; grandchildren Genevra and Owen Hicks, and Kasia Harris; and one great grandson, Orin.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, at Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth, Maine.
In lieu of flowers,
please consider a donation in Jack's name to Winslow Park 30 Main Street Freeport, Me 04032Att: Neil Lyman or
LearningWorks 181 Brackett Street Portland, Maine 04103 Att: Development Office
a charity of your choice that supports “people in dire straits”
FALMOUTH, ME - Cheryl Ann Nanos passed away at home on August 19, 2017, following a courageous three-month battle with a glioblastoma brain tumor. She was born January 21, 1951, to Jane (Hodgdon) and Frank J. Nanos in Westbrook, Maine. Cheryl graduated from Deering High School in 1969, and completed post-secondary studies at USM. As a young girl, she enjoyed the friendship and travel of both the Portland Assembly #1 Order of the Rainbow for girls and the Corner Stone chapter.
A highly imaginative and witty mind guided Cheryl throughout life. Smiling, singing, and dancing with Portland Co-Opera, Lyric Theatre, and the Woodfords Congregational Church choir, she put her talents into her work and volunteer environments — including Woodfords Church boards and committees. Perhaps the capital campaign fundraising, including reconstruction of the church’s Wicks Organ, was a favorite moment.
The art departments and production management for various print shops (Casco Print, Seavey Printers, Union Mutual’s print shop) were home to Cheryl’s many skills in the graphic arts field. This Yankee girl even went south to Columbia, SC for UNUM/Colonial Life in the late 90s for a two-year stint to set up a new print/mail distribution center there. Cheryl’s L.L. Bean career began in 2001, as a Senior Supervisor in Distribution. She was promoted to Assistant Manager, Distribution Operations in 2012; in 2014, she joined L.L. Bean Security as Operations Manager.
Cheryl’s unique gift was her ability to inspire people to always reach higher, to listen to one another, and work together. Quick with a joke and a smile, her earthly presence will be missed by many friends, co-workers, family, and animals. We’re sure Cheryl and her horse Buster are now together trotting through lush green fields.
Cheryl leaves behind her partner Julie Motherwell; sister Pam Barrows; brother Paul Nanos, niece Rebecca Barrows and her partner Tommy Bailey, and grandniece Madison; nephew David Nanos; and fabulous neighbors and friends who stepped up to help Cheryl’s life changes be easier ones.
We are especially grateful to the VNA Home Health Hospice professionals, and to Theresa Gray and Brandi Greene of ‘The Girls at Home Care’ for their gentle caring of Cheryl as she neared her final journey.
As Cheryl requested, there will be no public services.
Donations in her memory: a cancer research center of your choice; Woodfords Church music program (www.woodfordschurch.org), 202 Woodford St., Portland, ME 04103; MSSPA, Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (msspa.org), 279 River Rd., So Windham, ME 04062; or VNA Home Health Hospice (vnahomehealth.org), 144 State St., Portland, ME 04101.
Portland, ME - Muriel Spring Lovejoy passed away on July 23, 2017 at her Portland home, in the loving care of her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters.
She was born July 30, 1929, in Keene, New Hampshire, the daughter of Gladys Ethel Carey Spring and Silas Mortimer Spring. She was the thirteenth of fourteen children. Newspaper clippings from her hometown newspaper reported her early success as a champion swimmer.
She married Willis H. Lovejoy on May 22, 1948 in Keene. After several years living in Central Maine, they settled in the Portland area where they raised their family and Muriel pursued a career in banking with Portland Savings Bank and Biddeford Savings Bank. In 1970, she was elected president of the Portland Chapter of the American Institute of Banking. At the age of 50, she entered college, earning her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern Maine in 1982. With her degree in hand, she went to work for R.J. Grondin & Sons as an accountant. After retiring, she worked seasonally for LL Bean. One Christmas season, she dutifully took credit card information to complete the order of a southern gentleman and discovered she was speaking to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter!
She was a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church on Congress Street and was an active volunteer at the Preble Street Chapel. Like many Mainers, she was a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox and took great pleasure in watching the Sox win two World Championships.
Nothing made her happier than to be surrounded by her family. She is survived by a daughter Rebecca Lovejoy Kees and her husband Gerald, of Lakeland, Florida; grandchildren Jennifer Dyer Goodwin and her husband Jeffery, Christopher Dyer, Amy Gallant Foelsche and her husband Karl, and Holly Gallant Wilson and her husband Charles; great-grandchildren Erik Goodwin, Morgan Goodwin, Sarah Wilson, Hannah Wilson, Dia Foelsche, and Jack Foelsche; and a sister Betty Spring Caron. She was predeceased by her husband Willis and a daughter Barbara Lovejoy Dyer.
A private service will be held later this summer. Friends and family may honor the memory of Muriel S. Lovejoy by sending a gift to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or by going online to www.cancer.org.