Yarmouth, ME – John N. Arsenault, Jr., 81, of North Yarmouth, passed away peacefully to the other side on Monday, March 23, 2015 at Coastal Manor in Yarmouth, in the very neighborhood where he grew up.
John was born on September 5, 1933 in Yarmouth, the eldest son of John N. and Jeannette (Scott) Arsenault Sr. John attended schools there; graduating from North Yarmouth Academy in 1951. Following graduation, John enlisted in the US Army and became a proud member of the 101st Airborne Division.
After serving in the Army, John returned to the area and held jobs with various local contractors. John married the former Carolyn Seavey of New Gloucester on September 17, 1960. After briefly living in Freeport, they moved to North Yarmouth in 1961 to raise their family.
John began his 30 year bus driving career in 1963 for the Cumberland-North Yarmouth School Department. John had a deep love for the children and many still refer to him lovingly as “Johnny Bullfrog”.
John was an avid gardener, hunter and fisherman. He spent countless hours in the vegetable garden while Carolyn canned, froze and pickled. They both have been proud to tell the story of how their dill pickles made it all the way to the White House.
John hunted and fished each season and enjoyed countless outings with his sons, as well as many lifelong friends.
John and Carolyn enjoyed playing bingo, shopping the yard sales and making their daily trip to Denny’s in Auburn to visit with friends. Special family times included summer camping trips, cook outs, birthday and holiday celebrations or a simple Sunday drive. It truly was about the simple things in life.
John was predeceased by his parents and four sisters; Josephine McNamara, Rachel Blake, Joanne Poyer and Lee Butler. He is survived by his wife and two sons Joseph Arsenault of North Yarmouth and Kevin Arsenault and his partner Anne Edwards of Mechanic Falls; a daughter, Crystal Hall of Pownal; a brother, Michael Arsenault and his wife Maureen of Lamoine; three granddaughters, Michelle Arsenault, Lindsey Arsenault and Allison Hall; several nieces, nephews and cousins and his beloved cat and buddy, Tiger.
John’s family would like to extend a deep and heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at Coastal Manor, Beacon Hospice and Dr. James Donahue for the kind, compassionate and loving care they have given. In addition, thanks and love are sent to all of the friends, neighbors and family members who have selflessly helped out in more ways than could ever be counted.
At John’s request, there will be no funeral services. The family invites everyone to a gathering of remembrance on Monday, March 30, 2015 at the North Yarmouth Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 3 Gray Road from 4 – 7 p.m.
If desired, contributions may be made in John’s name to:
Coastal Manor Activity Fund
ATTN: Barry Prentice
20 West Main Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096
Woodbury, TN – Landean H. Bailey, 68, formerly of Scarborough, Maine passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the ST. Thomas Midtown Hospital.
He was born in Portland, Maine on June 6, 1946, the son of the late Harold and Mae (Landean) Bailey. He graduated from Deering High School in 1964. “Lanny” served in the Army National Guard as a communications chief and achieved the rank of specialist 5.
He was employed for a few years at Fairchild and Bicknell photo, he also worked several years as a video repair technician for Sears Roebuck and Co.
Lanny received his Amateur Radio License in his early teens and it became his lifetime passion. His call sign was W100. He was an honor roll DXCC member having contacted over 365 countries. He was a past member of the Portland Amateur Wireless Association and Yankee Clipper Contest Club.
He is survived by his companion of 22 years Cynthia A. Small of Woodbury, TN; his two daughters, Karen L. Bailey of Hollis and Lisa M. MacMillan of Gorham; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all his ham radio friends for their help during this difficult time.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave. Portland. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Wilde Chapel with Rev. Philip Shearman officiating.
Interment will be held on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Brooklawn Memorial Park, 2002 Congress Street, Portland.
Scarborough, ME – Ginette R. Colburn, 55, of Wells died Friday, March 13, 2015 after a courageous fight with cancer.
She was born on October 10, 1959 in Fort Worth, TX a daughter of Donald A. Colburn of Houlton, ME and Rejanne (Doucet) Colburn of Portsmouth, NH.
Ginette was dedicated to her family and loved animals, reading and gardening. She was happiest at family gatherings and walking her beloved dogs. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her.
Besides her parents she is survived by her sisters Lucy A. Hurley and Lisa O. Walters and her brother Michael T. Colburn. She also leaves her nieces Samantha (Hurley) Doucet, Laura Walters and Crystal (Walters) Keddell.
At her request, there will be no services.
AUBURN - Geraldine "Geri" Widell passed away after a short illness with family and friends by her side on March 14, 2015 at her home in Auburn.
She was born in Van Buren, Me on October 12, 1935 the daughter of Sylvio and Mamie Michaud. She attended local schools. Her family moved to southern Me. in the 1940's and while living there she was employed by local businesses. Here she met the love of her life Joseph, and they were married on April 22, 1961 at St Patrick's Church in Lewiston, Me.
Geri was an avid country music fan throughout her life. She was a people person who befriended anyone and cherished the relationships she acquired over the years; her only request was that these relationships be returned. She enjoyed Sunday dinners with Family and Friends and especially enjoyed growing and nurturing flowers. While at home she enjoyed the company of her faithful puppy "Sammy".
She is survived by her husband of 53 years Joseph Widell, a son Robert Widell of Auburn, two Grandson's Aaron and Marcus Widell of Concord, MA, two brother's Philipe and his wife Sarah of VA, Gerald and his wife Gloria of ME, two sisters Carlene Clark of Ga. and Marie Pelletier of ME, three brothers in law John Widell of NY, Edward Widell and his wife Joyce of VA, William and his wife Cathey of NY and a sister in law Donna Reily of VA.
She was predeceased by two brothers Gilbert and Joseph and a sister Patricia Sherman.
Donations can be made to the "Make A Wish Foundation 477 Congress St, #11 Portland Me.04101 in Geraldine's name.
Raymond – Dean Russell Jellison, 76, passed away on March 11, 2015 at his home in Raymond. Throughout his illness he was surrounded by his wife, Mary (Fairweather) Jellison, his family and his very compassionate caregivers.
Dean was born on November 10, 1938 a son of the late Russell and Lona (Ricker) Jellison in Kittery, ME. He attended local Kittery schools until he graduated from the Robert W Traip Academy. After high school, Dean would go on to work as an insurance salesman. He enjoyed going out boating, fishing and hunting.
Dean is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughter, Debra Jellison; his son, Dennis Jellison; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dean is also survived by his. Siblings: Dale Jellison, Deanna Jellison and Duane Jellison. In his passing, Dean will be reunited with his parents, Russell and Lona, and two sons, David Jellison and Dean Russell Jellison Jr.