Falmouth - Jane Herbert Kirk, 91, of Falmouth, Maine, passed away of natural causes in the comfort of her own home at Foreside Commons on Sunday, March 29th, 2015.
Jane, aka “Herbie,” was born on August 22, 1923 in Bangor, Maine to Mabelle Swett Herbert and Edward I. Herbert, but spent most of her youth living in Cape Elizabeth, attending Cottage Farm School and Cape Elizabeth High School. Jane went on to graduate from Wellesley College in 1944, and was immediately recruited by IBM as a Systems Service representative. During her 4-year career with IBM, one of Jane’s many accomplishments was designing the first Maine turnpike toll booth ticket.
Jane met and married William Parker Kirk in 1948, and they moved to Saco to build their home and raise their three children. During her 30 years in Saco, and subsequent 30 years in Falmouth, Jane was very active in the community, volunteering and serving on boards. She also thoroughly enjoyed golf, bridge, the arts and the wonderful companionship of many lifelong friends.
Jane is survived by her daughter Lindsay Kirk, daughter Lise Kirk and son-in-law, David Wood, all of Falmouth, ME; by her son, Gig Kirk and daughter-in-law, Ann Kirk, and granddaughter Kristie Kirk of Marshfield, MA; and her two grandsons, Andy Kirk and Ryan Kirk of Sarasota, FL.
There will be no memorial service, but the immediate family will have a private ceremony on the Saco River when the spring bulbs are in bloom.
In lieu of flowers, Jane requested that donations be made to either the Falmouth Memorial Library, or to the Wellesley College Fund.
Scarborough -- Margaret Mary Myhaver, 59, died peacefully at Gosnell House in Scarborough on March 31, 2015 in the presence of much love. Margaret had a beautiful, generous, loving spirit that filled any room. She valiantly persevered the trials of an extremely challenging life.
She was born in Manchester NH on March 10, 1956 to Beverly and John Myhaver Sr. When Margaret was four years old, the family moved to Portland, ME., her home ever since. Margaret attended St Joseph’s Grammar School, Jack Jr. High School, and graduated from Portland High School as a member of the class of 1974.
Margaret was the fourth child and the oldest girl of eleven children. She developed a strong sense of responsibility and became a nurturer at a very young age, often accepting the role of surrogate mother to her siblings and many other children throughout her lifetime. From age 11 through high school graduation, her jobs included local Head-Start volunteer, babysitter, and part time positions at The Jewish Home for the aged, Maine Medical Center, Porteous, Mitchell and Braun, and The YMCA’s Otter Pond Day Camp.
As a child, Margaret loved sports, especially baseball and was an avid Red Sox fan. She often led her younger siblings in song, read them stories, and helped them to create holiday decorations. Consummate reader, writer, and storyteller, Margaret attracted many friends with her spirited zest for life. She was voted “Miss Portland” by her high school peers.
At the age of 19, Margaret tragically suffered a mental-health breakdown. Eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia, Margaret endured the lifelong effects of the disease. Margaret’s innate sensitivity was assaulted by horrors, imagined and lived, that often interfered with her more natural tendencies of joy, exuberance, and optimism. A woman of lesser faith and tenacity might have given up on life but not Margaret. She enjoyed singing, swimming, jogging, yoga, and baking. She was a talented artist, loved the beach, and was a remarkable poet.
In 2005, Margaret moved into Gordon Green House, in South Portland, where she met just the right approach to her health care by the staff, with support and friendship from her house mates. Margaret had countless caregivers through the years, some became close friends. These earth angels all contributed to make Margaret’s life as pleasurable and stable as possible. There are too many to name but special mention must be given to Dr Roger Inhorn, Hailey “The Comet” Virusso, Carolyn Treat, Kathy Register, Pat Pelletier, the staff at Elderworks; and David Boldebook and the staff at Gordon Green including Michelle Arsenault, Lucy Morabito, and Dawn Savage as they embraced Margaret through challenging years including her two-year battle with breast cancer. Margaret, hero and inspiration to many, will be remembered for her grand compassion, sharp wit, quick turn of the phrase, and undaunted spirit.
Margaret was pre-deceased by her parents, and her brother, John. Besides her Gordon Green Family, she leaves behind three sisters: Elizabeth, Virginia, and Andrea, six brothers: Joel, Mark, Kurt, Timothy, James and Alex, her sister-in-law, Lorraine LaFrance and all their families.
Services will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at 11 AM at the Wilde Memorial Chapel at the Evergreen Cemetery in Portland. Following the service family and friends will gather for a reception (TBA).
The family wishes to express their eternal gratitude and respect to the Maine Mental Health Community, especially Shalom House, Inc. and Gordon Green - a program of The Opportunity Alliance. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to either program or to NAMI, Maine.
Portland, ME – Kristin V. Carter, 33, of Scarborough died on Monday, March 30, 2015 at Maine Medical Center. She was the companion of Eric Steeves also of Scarborough.
Kristin was born on September 25, 1981 in Portland, ME, a daughter of Margaret A. Carter and her companion Danny Dyer of Scarborough. She grew up in the greater Portland area, attending schools in both Portland and Scarborough, graduating from Scarborough High School in 2000.
Besides the love and devotion she had for her three children, which was boundless, Kristin’s life revolved around Roller Skating. She was a staple at the Happy Wheels in Scarborough for many years.
Besides Eric and her mother, she is survived by her three children Kassidy Temm, and Brady and Kaleigh Steeves all of Scarborough. She also leaves her sisters Sherri Carter of Chesterfield, VA, Catherine Dadiego and her husband Joey of Auburn, Pam Oakes also of Auburn and Kristi Dyer of Westbrook, her brother Eddie Oakes of Windham and her Maternal grandparents Wayne and Jackie Carter of Gorham, as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Monday, April 6, 2015 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Happy Wheels, 331 Warren Ave, Portland.
Scarborough - William Dennis Parker Jr., 50, of Peaks Island, left his loving family to be with our Lord on March 27, 2015 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.
He is survived by his son, Matthew SPC active duty, 82nd Airborne, 173 Brigade, his father William D. Parker Sr., of Florida, his Madre amorevole, Carolyn DiGaetano Parker of Peaks Island, his sister Theresa and her husband Michael Davidson of Windham, his brother Christopher of Virginia, his brother David of Windham, many nieces and nephews; Shane and Keisten Parker, Marina and Ariana Davidson, Joseph and Jacob Parker, Deb Parker and many special friends and co-workers at MMC and on Peaks Island. His Godparents, uncle Americo and aunt Louise Perpetua of Braintree, MA, his half-brothers, Michael and Sean Love, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. William was predeceased by his step-father Robert B. Love.
We would like to give special thanks to all at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for their great care to William, and their thoughtfulness to his family.
Services will be private.
You were never alone my son.
One night Dennis dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from his life flashed across the sky.
In each scene he noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.
This bothered him because he noticed that during the low periods of his life, when he was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, he could see only one set of footprints, so he said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”
PORTLAND, ME – Donald L. Horsley, 70, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2015, surrounded by loving family and friends at the Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine.
For further information please visit Donald's memorial site at www.donhorsley.org