Auburn, ME – Frank J. Julian, 51, of Auburn died on Tuesday September 15, 2015 at the Auburn Hospice House after a brief illness.
He was born in Bangor, ME on October 21, 1963 a son of the late Frank P. & Kathryn (Smith) Julian. Frank attended schools in the Bangor area while growing up.
Frank followed in his Dad’s footsteps and became a Salesman; at one point running his own store in Lewiston called Frank’s House of Deals.
He is survived by nine siblings, Marie Hooker and her husband Richard, Mike Julian and his wife Carolyn, Brenda Smith and her husband Thomas, Maina Fernald and her husband Bob, Nancy Gross and her husband Butch, Susan Gildart and her husband Michael, Peter Julian and his wife Kim, John Julian and his significant other Tina Rose and Melinda Novella and her husband Jay all of Maine. He also leaves dear friends Deana Julian, Melanie Julian and Dawn Chadburn as well as twenty seven nieces and nephews and several cousins.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Frank’s life on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 12:30 at the Julian residence, 1268 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME.
Bridgton, ME – James W. Cummings, 66, of Bridgton peacefully passed away on Monday, September 7, 2015 at his home, surrounded by family. He was the beloved husband of Deborah (Thibodeau) Cummings. The couple celebrated their 22nd anniversary last month.
He was born in North Hampton, MA on March 23, 1949, son of William H. & Evelyn M. (Reim) Cummings. He graduated from Bellingham High School, and then went on to receive an Associate’s Degree in Certified Surgical Technology from St. Joseph’s College of Maine.
Jim spent 34 years at Maine Medical Center before retiring in 2004. He was well liked by the doctors and was often told he excelled at his job. He received the Albert E. Dibbins Award for Teaching in 2004, an award typically given only to Residents.
Jim was a proud Veteran of the US Navy, serving in Vietnam from 1967 until 1972, earning the National Defense Service Medal. He achieved the rank of Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Plane Handler) Petty Officer 3rd Class, serving on the USS America CVA 66.
He enjoyed fishing and deer hunting as well as collecting Red Sox baseball cards. He was loyal to New England sports teams, especially the Sox and the Pat’s. He loved baseball; a passion he and his wife, Debbi, shared. It was not unusual to see a game on in their home. Jim’s love of the game was also shared with his children and grandchildren, and family gatherings often included wiffle ball games and homerun derbies.
Besides his wife, Jim is survived by his children Shawn Cummings and wife Shannon, Jennifer J. (Cummings) Dodd and husband Andrew, Peter Richardson, Kelly Knight and husband Philip, Brian Richardson and Lauri Merrill and husband Mark. He also leaves grandchildren Rochelle Cummings, Kayla Cummings, Jocelynn Konon, Cyndi (Dodd) Fitzgerald and her husband Kyle, Mikaela Hussey, Cameron Hussey, Karissa Pooler, Alex Pooler, Tyler Knight, Derek Richardson, Justine Richardson, Daniel Merrill, Paige Merrill and Jacob Knight. Jim is predeceased by his sister Debra Butler and sister in law Marian Cummings and is survived by his brothers Gary Cummings and wife Irene, Barry Cummings, Jeffrey Cummings and wife Maria, brother in law Roy Butler, a sister Rebecca Suppi and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave. Portland, ME.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
American Cancer Society
1 Bowdoin Mill Island
Topsham, ME 04086
50 Foden Road
South Portland, ME 04106
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME – Ralph F. Griffin, 91, passed away peacefully at home on August 26, 2015 after a short illness. His final hours were spent surrounded by his loving family. Ralph was the beloved husband of Maureen (Ahearn) Griffin. Born in Haverhill, MA on January 2, 1924, he was the son of the late William H. & Irene J. Griffin.
He was a 1942 graduate of Haverhill High School. After graduation, he joined the Army Air Corps and served during World War II. Ralph owned and operated Lakeside Motors in Haverhill, MA for over 45 years. Upon retirement, he relocated to Old Orchard Beach, ME.
Along with his wife, he is survived by his children: son, Wayne P. Griffin and his wife Susan of Haverhill, daughters, Diane L. and her husband, James Bevilacqua of Haverhill, Kelly J. and her husband Daniel Hogan of Haverhill, Kelly M. and her husband, Randy Boverman of Portland, OR; as well as his three sisters: Nancy J. Griffin, Eleanor D. (Griffin) Gaudreau, and Jacklyn (Griffin) Tierney, all of Old Orchard Beach. Affectionately known as Papa, he had 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Esther M. (Michaud) Griffin, his daughter, Linda M. (Griffin) Proia, and brothers, William H. Griffin, Jr. and Rodney S. Griffin.
Funeral services will be held privately. Memorial donations can be made in Ralph’s name to: Beacon Hospice, 54 Atlantic Place, South Portland, ME 04106
Lewiston, ME - Donald J. Salls, 58, of Lewiston went home to be with his Lord and Savior after passing peacefully surrounded by his wife and brother Mike. He was the husband of Margaret (Popejoy) Salls.
He was born on August 18, 1957 in Lewiston, ME a son of the late Elwin & Bertha (Knapp) Salls Sr. He grew up in Ottisfield, attending local area schools and graduated from Oxford Hills High School in 1976. Following his graduation, Donald entered the US Army and served his country for eight years prior to his honorable discharge as a staff sergeant.
He then went on to work for the Army Depot in Tobyhanna, PA, then spent a stint as security for Rank Anhert in Bushkill, PA. After moving back to Maine in 1992 he spent 18 months at Oxford Homes before being forced to retire due to injury. Don then went on to volunteer his time at the OACC as a pulpit, head trustee, deacon and was on the sound and praise team. He also helped in serving the monthly dinner’s for the Kiwanis.
Don then went on to serve as a pastoral intern for three years then spent six years as Pastor at the Bridgton 2nd Advent Church and has served as Track Chaplin at the Oxford Plain Speedway for ten years.
Don enjoyed deer hunting and fishing as well as being a big NASCAR fan. He could often be found playing guitar with his Dad as well as other family members and reading his Bible. Another pass time was working on large trucks and was great at modifying engines. Don also enjoyed playing cards with friends.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his four children Allisha Toraldo and her husband Dominic of PA, Jeremy Salls of FL, Jennie Salls and Joshua Salls, both of PA and three step children, Tracie Greene of Lewiston, Joseph Neukum of MD and Bryan Neukum of GA as well as ten grandchildren. He also leaves nine siblings Irene Macie and her husband Wayne of FL, Jennie Jacobsen of Mechanic Falls, Kenneth Salls and his wife Kathy of Mechanic Falls, Chris Morrison and her husband David of Shapleigh , Kathy Andrews and her husband Wyatt of Waterford, Elwin Salls Jr. and his wife Robin of South Paris, Michael Salls and his wife Lois of Ottisfield, Gordie Salls and his wife Theresa of Springvale and Melissa Heath of West Paris as well as numerous nieces and nephews, his aunt and uncle Vic and Bunny Pray of Mechanic Falls and special friends Al and Lynn Thorpe. He was also the brother of the late Dickie and Bobby Salls and brother-in-law of the late Sonny Jacobsen.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr Eshelmann and his staff, also Androscoggin Home, Health and Hospice, especially Kathleen, Michelle and Kevin.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Oxford Advent Christian Church, 1130 Main Street Oxford, ME. Burial in the Veterans Cemetery, Springvale will be held on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Androscoggin Home, Health & Hospice
15 Strawberry Ave.
Lewiston, ME 04240
Sheila (Steeves) Varney was born May 12, 1931 to Laura (Ganter) and Archibald Steeves in Woodstock, NB, Canada. She died August 29, 2015 at home surrounded by family following an extended illness. Sheila married Kenneth Varney of Houlton when she was age 16 and they shared over 50 years together. She worked for many years as a cook and as a sales clerk for the F.W. Woolworth Company. Later in life she returned to school via the adult education program and graduated from Houlton High School in 1980. She then furthered her education to become a certified nurse’s assistant and medical technician and worked in the medical field until her retirement.
Sheila was a kind and unassuming presence. Throughout her life she placed the needs of others before her own. She was a wonderful cook. She loved to read, knit and crochet, and created a number of intricate and colorful scarves which were sold to raise funds for the Ending Hunger Campaign of Maine. She was intrigued by philosophical and religious introspection. Sheila and Ken were very generous and welcoming to the neighborhood children on Fairview Avenue in Houlton, making each child feel special and included. She relocated to Southern Maine following his death in 1997.
Sheila is survived by her daughters, Carol Varney, Brenda Pratt and Donna Martin and an adopted son, Bernard J. Broder, III. 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren all of Southern Maine as well as 2 siblings, Archie Steeves and Lillian Bull of Canada. In addition to her parents, husband and 4 siblings, she was predeceased by a grandson Tyler John McLauchlan. Services and burial will be private.