Ainsworth Virginia 531Saco, ME – Virginia (Zanchi) Ainsworth, 96, of Old Orchard Beach and formerly of Lowell, MA died on Friday July 26, 2013 among her loving family and caring community at Seal Rock Health Care Facility after a long but graceful journey with dementia.

Virginia was born in Westford, MA on June 11, 1917, the daughter of the late Dominic and Angela (Montagne) Zanchi. She was educated in the Westford schools. For many years she worked in the Woolen Mills of Lowell before retiring in 1978 from Honeywell of Lowell. Virginia moved to Maine in 1985 and wintered in Florida until ill health forced her to return home in 2004.

She was a member of the United Baptist Church of Saco, ME and a former member and deaconess of Calvary Baptist Church of Lowell, MA. She was also a member of the Ocean Park Association’s Toilers-By-The-Sea.

Virginia was predeceased by her husband James Ainsworth, who died in 1993. She was the last remaining sibling of Rose, Angelina, Dena, Mary, Isabella, Lydia, Speranza, Grace, Ruth, David, Nicholas, Paul and Daniel. She is survived by two daughters Angela Hutchinson and her husband Paul of Saco, ME and Betty Germann of Old Orchard Beach, ME. She also leaves two granddaughters, Kimberly Lombardi and her husband Lenny of Haverhill, MA and Tammy Paladis and her husband Marc of North Waterboro, ME.

The family gratefully acknowledges the kind, considerate, compassionate care provided to “Mom” by the entire staff at Seal Rock Health Care and Beacon Hospice.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the United Baptist Church, 318 Main Street, Saco.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland. Please visit to sign Virginia’s guestbook and express your condolences to the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:

The United Baptist Church

318 Maine Street

Saco, ME 04072


Open Hands Open Hearts

67 Ocean Park Road

Saco, ME 04072


Epstein GayleGayle Morgan Epstein of Westbrook Maine passed away in Scarborough at Gosnell Memorial Hospice on July 19, 2013 after a two year fight with a brain tumor. She was 56 years old.


She was born in New Haven Connecticut to Zella Woodworth Morgan and Richard W. Morgan and attended school in North Branford. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State College in 1978 with a BA in Art. After college Gayle moved to San Diego to live near her sister Joyce.


Gayle had many interests and was an accomplished cyclist, traveling solo across Ireland in her early twenties. After moving to Colorado she enjoyed road biking in the Rocky Mountains. She was also a member of the Horseless Carriage Club of America as well as an avid hiker. Gayle was an excellent singer and played guitar. She also produced many fine pieces of art over the years.


Gayle worked for many years in the insurance field before moving to Maine to buy her mother’s home in Ocean Park. She took a job in a busy medical office where she worked in an administrative capacity. Her last position was with Maine Medical Center as an O.R. scheduler.


Survivors include her sons Brett Epstein of Aurora, CO., Adam Epstein of Scarborough, ME., her grandson Mason Epstein of Aurora, CO., her sisters Joyce Morgan of San Diego, CA., Joan Jeffery of Texas, brother Richard Morgan of Scarborough, ME, Life Partner Tom Contolini of Westbrook, ME., and devoted dog Millie. Gayle also had many dear friends who were like family to her.


A memorial celebration of Gayle’s life will be announced at a later time.


Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit to sign Gayle’s guestbook and express your condolences to the family.

Thomas Michael 1Nashua, NH – Michael R. Thomas, 59, of Nashua and formerly of Mass died on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Nashua Veterans Hospital.

Michael was born in Schenectady, NY on June 13, 1954 a son of the late Saliem & Mary (York) Thomas. He grew up in the Brighton/Watertown area, graduating from Brighton High School before joining the US Navy. He then went on to work for the military as a civilian aircraft mechanic.

Michael enjoyed sports and especially enjoyed playing hockey. He was also an avid Patriots fan.

He is survived by two daughters Kelly Thomas of Billerica, MA and Heather Lamothe and her husband John of Salem, NH and a son Michael Thomas Jr. of Billerica, MA. He also leaves three brothers Darrel Thomas of Maine, Saliem Thomas of California and Martin Thomas of Billerica, MA, three sisters Mona Beeler of Maine, Becky Bennett of Maine and Lorrillie “Lori” Thomas of Tampa, FL as well as seven grandchildren, five nephews, four nieces and several great nieces and nephews and one great great niece and nephew. He was also the brother of the late Sheila ThomasTavanese.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday, July 19, 2013 from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland, ME.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit to sign Michael’s guestbook and express your condolences to the family.

126 Portland Head Lighthouse Maine picturesKITTERY – Bertha E. “Betty” (Raynes) Philbrook, 89, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. She spent her final hours surrounded by her loving family at Durgin Pines in Kittery, Maine. She resided in Kittery Point for 84 years before becoming a resident of Durgin Pines in 2008.

Betty was born December 28, 1923 in Kittery Point, the daughter of Sherman F. Raynes and Emma C. Raynes. She was a lifelong homemaker having raised a large family of six children. Betty was well known for her wonderful art of cooking and baking. If not in the kitchen, she could be found at the sewing machine creating beautiful items of her own design with no patterns necessary. A set of knitting needles and a skein of yarn were always on hand for yet another baby sweater or a pair of mittens. Betty loved to work outside in her flower gardens and took great pride in her rock gardens and frog waterfall. She also enjoyed gatherings filled with family and food which included homemade hand-churned ice cream in the winter and, in the summer, making baked beans in her very own bean hole she built in the back yard. Betty loved camping when her children were younger, first starting out in a tent and later in a pop-up camper at various campgrounds in Maine and New Hampshire. In her senior years, Betty took pleasure in spending time and helping out at the Kittery Senior Center and taking day trips with her friends at the center. She was very happy to be able to spend many winters in Florida with her daughter, Donna. Betty’s favorite holiday was Halloween when she would transform herself into a wicked witch and her kitchen into a spooky place for trick-or-treaters to come in for a cup of cider, a cookie or cupcake and a goodie bag. Word of this traveled far and wide and kids and parents alike came in by the dozens. Once Betty started residing at Durgin Pines, her nurturing ways found her trying to help clear tables in the dining room or running to the aid of other residents in distress. Bertha (as she is known at Durgin Pines) will be remembered by staff for her love of music and dancing. She will be missed by all who loved her.

Betty was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Lyford Philbrook in 2004, and her brothers, Sherman (Jason) Raynes, Wesley Raynes and Clayton Raynes.

Betty is survived by three sons, Wesley Philbrook and wife Abby of York; Stephen Philbrook and wife Barbara of Shapleigh; and Thomas Philbrook and wife Michele of Kittery Point; three daughters, Donna McGee and husband Dale of Steuben; Susan Ferguson and husband Robert of Belmont, NH; and Lisa Briest and husband Tommy Briest of Erwin, TN; and 19 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brother, Lester Raynes and wife Millie of Kittery Point, and her sister, Shirley Raynes of Biddeford.    

There will be no calling hours.

A graveside service will be held at the First Baptist Church cemetery (entrance near Mitchell School), Kittery Point, on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Wesley and Abby Philbrook, 119 Scituate Road, York, following the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made to the Durgin Pines Resident Activity Fund and mailed to Durgin Pines, 9 Lewis Road, Kittery, ME 03904, or to the Kittery Community Center, 200 Rogers Road, Kittery, ME 03904.

Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, Portland, Maine, is assisting the family with cremation services. For more information and to view an online memorial go to

McCormick WIlliamPortland, ME – William J. McCormick Sr., 77, of Standish and formerly of Gorham died on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Mercy Hospital. He was the husband of the late Lucinda (Newcomb) McCormick.

He was born on September 5, 1935 in Portland, a son of the late John W. & Lillian McCormick. He was raised in Portland and attended Portland Schools. Bill spent thirty two years working at the University of Maine, Gorham Campus, retiring in 2002 as the Custodial Supervisor.

He is survived by his son William J. McCormick Jr. and his wife Cynthia of Standish and his two daughters Deborah Ann McCormick of Westbrook and Tammy McCormick of Parsonsfield. He also leaves four grandchildren William III, Christopher and his wife Crystal, Olivia and Adam and five great grandchildren as well as two sisters Patricia and Beatrice and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date. A private burial will take place at Brooklawn Memorial Park, Portland, ME.

Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland. Please visit to sign William’s guestbook and express your condolences to the family.

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