North Berwick-David Philip Edelstein (66) died on November 13 at his home in North Berwick, Maine. Bedridden for many years with MS, David succumbed to a sudden onset of pneumonia.

David was born and raised in Nashua, the third child of Harold and Katharine Edelstein.  As a young man, David moved to Portsmouth where he eventually opened two businesses on Ceres Street: The Trunk Shop and a toy store called Little Dickens. He became an expert in antiques, particularly rare antique trunks, and his beautifully restored early American trunks were sought by collectors across the country.  In 1986, David married Annie Blanchard. Together they moved to North Berwick, where their daughter Molly was born in 1987. 

David was known for his intelligence, wit, curiosity and grand philosophical theories about the nature of life. He was a talented guitarist, a peace activist, and an iconoclast, continually questioning the accepted wisdom of the world. Mark Twain was his greatest hero and model, and David sometimes proved the equal of that model in his ironic assaults on pomposity and pretense.

Above all, he was a sweet, loving, and generous man, who will be deeply and forever missed by his family and his many friends. He is survived by his wife Annie Blanchard, his daughter Molly, his sisters Linda Morse and Eve Edelstein Williams, his brother Mark Edelstein, his niece Anne, and his nephews Ben and Noah.

A memorial service will be held Sunday November 16 at 12:30 at Temple Israel synagogue, 36 Olive Meadow Lane in Dover (formerly 516 Sixth Street). In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders.



Scarborough, ME -- Martha “Marti” Jane Sautter, 56, of South Portland, Maine, daughter of Richard Sautter of Westbrook, Maine and the late Carolyn, (Striegel) Sautter, passed away on November 11, 2014 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine, her daughter, Meaghan Caroline Doyle and her sister, Karen L. Keefe, at her side.

She was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on July 7, 1958 and moved to her parent’s hometown of Greenfield, Massachusetts in 1965.  Marti attended Greenfield schools and graduated from Greenfield High School in 1976.  She also attended Greenfield Community College.

Marti’s journey took her from waitressing on Cape Cod to working in the oil business in Houston, Texas.  She returned to her beloved New England in the late 1980’s eventually settling in the Portland area.  A twenty plus year resident of Maine, Marti was an Inside Sales Supervisor at IDEXX Laboratories for the past 18 years. 

Known for her brilliant and welcoming smile, Marti lit up any room she entered.  A truly beautiful person, both inside and out, she touched many lives with her outgoing and caring personality, sense of humor and zest for life.  She had a plethora of friends and acquaintances that she guided, supported and embraced through life’s trials and tribulations. 

A lover of the sea and the sun Marti could be found many a summer weekend at Portland’s beaches, often accompanied by her daughter, Meaghan.  For the past several years Marti and her family enjoyed a “beach house” vacation on Drakes Island, Maine, a favorite childhood vacation spot.  In the mornings, sitting on the front porch, sipping coffee and watching the beach buggies roll by; Marti would dash down to the beach with her own buggy, securing the family’s spot for the day.  The evenings were spent on that same spot on the porch, winding down from the day, enjoying conversation and laughter with her family during their traditional “happy hour”.

Marti cared deeply for her family, both immediate and extended.  They will sorely miss her laughter, caring and stellar organizational abilities for family events.   For the past 16 years, the love of her life was her 16 year old daughter, Meaghan Caroline Doyle.  Her smile, love and enthusiasm for Meaghan’s accomplishments, whether it was her first step or scoring a basket for the Girl’s South Portland High School Basketball team, were infectious and palpable.  Marti will always be an angel sitting on Meaghan’s shoulder, continuing her love and guidance through life. 

She was predeceased by her mother, Carolyn (Striegel) Sautter on October 13, 2014.  She leaves her daughter, Meaghan Doyle of South Portland, Maine;   father, Richard Sautter of Westbrook, Maine; sister, Deborah Chown of Greenfield, Massachusetts; brother, Mark and his wife Jody of Magnolia, Texas; and sister Karen Keefe and her husband Alan of South Portland, Maine.  She was a loving aunt to Kate Skorb and her husband Johnathan of Rochdale, MA ; Alex Chown of Somerville, MA; Samantha Sautter of Magnolia, Texas and Patrick and Emily Keefe of South Portland, Maine.   She also leaves her dear extended family of Al and June Keefe of South Portland, Maine and Jeff Keefe of Portland, Maine.  She will be greatly missed by her canine companion, Muffin.


To celebrate her life her family asks that you wear purple, have a glass of wine or a single malt scotch, or eat a strawberry shortcake.  A celebration of Marti’s life will be on November 22, 2014 from 3-5 pm at the McKernan Center at Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, Maine.  Contributions to a fund for Meaghan can be directed to Karen L. Keefe #23101 c/o Evergreen Credit Union 799 Broadway South Portland, Maine 04106.  Please visit to sign Martha’s guestbook and to leave condolences for the family.


Durham, ME – James R. Sherman, 58, of Durham died suddenly on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at his home.  He was the husband of Theresa “Terry” (Aichele) Sherman. 


Jim was born in Long Island, NY on April 10, 1956 a son of the late Carolyn (Greco) McQuillan and James and Diane McQuillan of Long Island, NY.  He graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School in New Jersey. 


Jim spent thirty four years as a supervisor for JSUMC; after leaving there he became the groundskeeper for Wolfe’s Neck Farm and worked as an associate for Tractor Supply. 


He enjoyed fishing and loved the outdoors; He also had a quick wit about him and was instantly liked by anyone who met him.  He was an avid collector and revealed in spending time with his three dogs. 


Besides his loving wife Terry, he is survived by his children, Travis Sherman, Jesse Sherman and Rebecca Sherman and a grandson.  He is also survived by his siblings John McQuillan, Donna Ertle and her husband Don and Debbie Sherman as well as several nieces and nephews.  He was also the brother of the late Tommy Sherman. 


Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Parish Congregational Church, 442 Hallowell Road, Pownal. 


Please visit to sign Jim’s guestbook and to leave condolences and memories for the family. 


In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:


Puppy Love Inc.


9 Briar Ledge Lane


Bailey Island, ME 04003


Lewiston – Cecile M. (Jourdain) Nacri, 66, passed away peacefully Monday, November 10 2014 at the Hospice House in Auburn, with her loving family by her side.  She was the wife of the late Angelo Nacri who died in February of 1975. 

She was born in Lewiston, ME on October 19, 1948 the daughter of the late Roger and Jolene (Lamontagne) Jourdain.   Cecile was educated in Lewiston school. 

She is survived by her son Angelo and his wife Dawn of Lewiston, her daughter Joanne Dodson of Lewiston two sisters, Jackie Spear and her companion Doris Guenette of Bowdoinham and Doris Marquis and her husband Brad also of Bowdoinham, and a brother Daniel Jourdain and his wife Francis of Maine.  She also leaves two grandsons Anthony Nacri and Darren Dodson and two granddaughters Erika and Angela Jarardin as well as a great granddaughter Niomi and her aunt Georgette Gilbert of Lewiston.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Chapman Room at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 980 Turner Street, Auburn, ME.


Portland, ME – Kenneth W. Welton, Sr., 71, of New Gloucester, passed away Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Maine Medical Center with his family by his side.  He was the husband of Susanne M. (Jacobs) Welton. 


He was born in Caribou, ME on July 13, 1943, a son of the late Martin E. & Margaret K. (McGillicuddy) Welton.  Ken attended schools in Houlton, ME; after which he entered the United States Navy.  While serving in the Navy he became an electrician. 


After serving, he became a proud member of the IBEW local 567 and worked as a brother of the IBEW in thirty eight states. 


He was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion member of forty five years and Past Commander. In 1986 Ken became a charter member of the Gray-New Gloucester Eagles Club. 


Besides his loving wife, Ken is survived by his son Kenneth W. Welton Jr. and his daughter Michelle Welton both of Portland.  He also leaves Susanne’s children Sean Cormier and his wife Dawn and son Steven Cormier;  his sister Mary Garnier and her husband Thomas of So. Carolina and grandchildren Christal, Ivy and Noah , as well as Ken’s former wife Imogene Welton of West Virginia and a daughter-in-law Diane Reid and her daughter Lila.  He was also the Father of the late Michael Reid. 


Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Gray – New Gloucester Eagles Club, 341 Sabbathday Road, New Gloucester, ME. 


Burial in the Veterans Cemetery in Augusta will be private. 


Please visit to sign Ken’s guestbook and to leave memories and condolences for the family.


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