Auburn - Rebecca L. Cote, 58, of Auburn passed away peacefully Saturday, April 4th at the hospice house with her children by her side. She was born in Old Orchard Beach on June 17, 1956. The daughter of William and Joanne Chandler.

As she worked full time in her earlier years raising three children, she gave her life and education to help raise her grandchildren, enjoying every moment teaching and caring For them. She was an avid reader, seamstress, and baker. In her spare time she loved gardening, knitting, crocheting, and watching NCIS.

Survivors include her children; Jennifer Cote, of Sabattus, Jessica Cote, of Lewiston, and Jarrod Cote and wife Nicole of San Diego, California, her siblings; William Chandler, of Biddeford, Kathy Valley, of NC, Karen Morgan, of Shapleigh, Judy Beaulieu, of Saco, Robin Levitt, of Waterboro, Pamela Chandler, of Biddeford, and Randy Chandler, of Augusta. Grandchildren; Alyssa Cote, Abigail Cote, Tatum Brown, Chloe Cote, and Michael Stevens, and a great grandson; Owen Black and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service at Brooklawn Memorial Park on Congress St. In Portland, at 11am on April 10th, 2015.

Lewiston, ME – Anthony W. Melendez, 53, of Lewiston and formerly of South Portland died on Friday, April 3, 2015 at Central Maine Medical Center. 

Tony was born in Portsmouth, VA on September 23, 1961, a son of Michael & Dorothy (Smith) Spaltro.  He grew up in South Portland, attending local area schools and attended South Portland High School. 

He was formerly trained as a welder and could fix just about anything.  He also enjoyed carpentry and design.  Tony belonged to a twelve step program for many years, a program where he found much support and serenity. 

Tony loved motorcycles and felt free on the back of a Harley; riding with his fringe leather jacket and cowboy boots. He loved to go fishing with his brothers David and Danny. Tony also enjoyed attending Pow-Wows with Dave and Rose and would immerse himself in the power of Native American spirituality.  Tony had a great sense of humor; he loved children, at times more than adults, as well as quiet time alone.  He enjoyed the simple things in life and was a very giving man….if he had it, it was yours. 

Besides his parents, Tony is survived by his daughter Erika Sturgeon, grandsons Caleb and Ashton, longtime partner Debra Judd, her daughter Angela and her children.  He also leaves his brothers David, Daniel and John, his sister Michelle and several nieces and nephews and many good friends. 

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 12 noon at Brooklawn Memorial Park, 2002 Congress Street, Portland.  A Pot Luck Reception will follow from 2 -4 p.m. at the Sahara Club, 135 Washington Ave. Portland.

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.

 

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 - 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.”

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