Scarborough – Robert L Utley, 61, of Portland, died on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. He was the husband of Geraldine M. (Whitney) Utley.
He was born on January 15, 1953 in Baton Rouge, LA, a son of the late Herman M. & Margaret A. (Calder) Utley. Robert went on to graduate from Portland High School and then obtained an Associate Degree in Business.
He spent three years serving his country in the US Navy. Robert spent most of his working career in the food industry, his last job being for Tim Horton’s in both Portland and South Portland.
He enjoyed gardening as well as bird watching and was an avid animal lover. His special friend, “Maddie” will miss her time with him.
Besides his wife, Robert is survived by his daughter Misty Dawn Hardilek and his grandson Jordan, both of Texas. He also leaves his brother David Stuart Utley of Auburn, ME as well as many cousins and two aunts that will miss him deeply. He was also the brother of the late James “Jimmy” Utley.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service, with Military Honors, and officiated by Rev. Philip Shearman, on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave. Portland, ME.
Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Robert’s guestbook and to leave condolences and memories for the family.
Freeport -- Sheila Ann O’Connell, born March 5th, 1940, daughter of the late Jean (Miner) and Harold O’Connell passed away October 24 surrounded by her loving family. She grew up in Springfield, Virginia where she graduated from Annandale High School. She is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithica, New York, and earned her master’s in social work at the University of Connecticut. She moved to Maine and began her practice specializing in group work at Community Counseling Center, followed by the Growth Exchange with Laurent Roy, LCSW, Southern Maine Counseling, Maine Counseling Associates and finally her home-based practice in Portland and then Freeport. She extended her social work interests in being an advocate for the Shalom House in Portland, serving on their board and successfully lobbying for their continued funding.
Besides being a student of various psychotherapies Sheila was intensely spiritual and psychic.
Hers was a caring, compassionate, loyal, and fiercely independent spirit, challenging viewpoints and posing the deeper questions. She had a lifelong love of government and public policy, reading voraciously, taking classes from Cornell to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She loved children and took great joy volunteering in the South Portland school system where three grandchildren are enrolled.
Sheila leaves behind her loving husband of 33 years, Pierre Shevenell. She leaves three sons: Richard Patnaude, James Tierney and Andrew O’Connell-Shevenell and their wonderful spouses Rachel Trafican, Tammy Nason-Tierney and Courtney Shevenell. She was adoring of and felt deep love for her five grandchildren who knew her as Zuzu: Jack, Frank, and Greta Tierney; Nina Jo and Wyatt James Patnaude. She will be loved and remembered by these as well as her sister Jean Nader and brother Anthony O’Connell, sister-in-law Paula Shevenell, and her six nieces and nephews - John, Jennifer, Howard, Amy, Chris and Jennafer - who were all held close in her heart.
Sheila loved gardening and had the best ever flower gardens this year. She cherished theater, good movies (of which she was an excellent critic), camping at Lamoine and Cobscook State Parks, Mount Desert Island, kayaking, painting, colors, and adventures. She believed in and supported creativity in all she knew.
In lieu of flowers, Sheila wished for people to support the great work of the Maine Center for Grieving Children. In gratitude for their unbelievable care, we would encourage folks to donate to and learn about Hospice of Southern Maine.
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.
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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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