Winslow/Old Orchard Beach – On Monday, January 16, 2017, Mark Andrew Theriault, 59, formerly of Winslow and Old Orchard Beach, died peacefully at the Gosnell Hospice Home in Scarborough as a result of advanced lung disease. He passed away in the loving presence of his brothers and the Rev. John Balicki whom upon completion of a final prayer witnessed Mark’s first step to his new life. Two days prior to Mark’s passage, all his siblings were gathered with him at his home in Old Orchard to share in prayer and love for one final family gathering. Mark is now one with the angels and with the God that provided strength and courage during his earthly journey. He is also in the arms and company of his dearly loved mother and father.
Mark was predeceased by his loving parents Joe and Olivette Theriault formerly of Winslow, ME. He is survived by his sister Lee Ann Whitaker and husband Jon of Bolivia, NC; sister Jean Sylvia and husband Bill of Bar Harbor, ME; brother Paul Theriault and wife Julie of Oakland, ME; brother Jim Theriault and wife Alex of Belgrade, ME; along with precious nieces, nephews and significant others including Danae and Jason Shipp; Kaylan Whitaker; Megan and Chuck Pettit and their sons Chance and Jack; Patrick and Heather Theriault and Heather’s children Aliyah and Nevaeh; Stacy and Jed Nickerson; Spencer Theriault and Sowmya Reddy. He’s also survived by many, many close cousins and friends. Once you met Mark, you were his friend for life.
Born on January 30, 1957 in Waterville, ME, Mark attended St. John’s Elementary School and Winslow High School where he graduated in 1976. He was an avid sports fan and played high school football where in his senior year he was elected captain of the team. The late, great Harold ‘Tank’ Violette was a long time, coach, friend, and second father to Mark. Following high school, Mark joined the United States Navy and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for three years. As part of his duties Mark travelled the world and visited many interesting places that left lasting memories and was an important formative experience in his young life. He was honorably discharged with a partial disability in 1981.
Shortly after his discharge, Mark was diagnosed with bi-polar depression which was to become the first of two significant life challenges. Living and coping with mental illness was a new experience for Mark and the entire Theriault family. Suffice it to say, that as Mark cycled through the highs and lows of this terrible disease so also did his loving parents, siblings and significant others. A good day for Mark was to just simply make it through the day with some sense of accomplishment and positive feelings. When he could work, he was an ironworker with the local union and worked on various construction projects in Central Maine. As fate and circumstance dictated, Mark became fully disabled as a result of this illness in 1984. The following 10 years witnessed Mark holding and leaving several part time jobs and seeking frequent mental health visits at the US VA in Togus, ME.
It was on January 20, 1994 that Mark was faced with the second and most significant challenge of his life. It was on that day while travelling to Togus for treatment that Mark sustained a significant and permanent Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as the result of an auto accident. He was taken to the Critical Care Unit of Togus VA where he was in a full coma for four months; transferred to Northport VA (Long Island) for another 5 months where in early September 1994, he awakened to greet his loving mother, sister, niece and a few cousins. As his mother frequently said after this event, “I do not require the Easter Story to remind me of the miracle of re-birth. I have the miracle of my son as a source of God’s love each and every day.”
Following Mark’s stay at Togus and Northport VA, he began a several year-long process at recovery in terms of learning how to perform all the basic life functions we take for granted. The miracle of this re-birth was that he not only recognized members of his family and loved ones but also was reawakened from his coma with a loving, cheerful and joyful disposition dedicated to erasing all bad memories and actions of the prior 10 plus years. Miracles come in many different and unique ways.
Mark’s 20 plus year journey with TBI was and will always be an incredible sojourn. We will forever be grateful to all the wonderful doctors, nurses and rehabilitation specialists at Togus & Northport VA’s as well as the loving rehabilitative staffs at Lakeview and Neuro Restorative Centers and Group Homes in teaching Mark to cope with both his TBI and Bi-Polar conditions. In particular, we’d like to cite the loving and long term efforts of Patricia Cirafella who went above and beyond in her loving care for Mark and was there to pick him up when he fell and rejoice in his many moments of success. There were many angels in Mark’s life; none more significant and loving as Pat.
In Viktor Frankl’s ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ , he describes a person’s ability to find meaning in hopeless situations by saying, “Any person can decide under the most difficult of circumstances what is to become of them both mentally and spiritually. One may retain their honor and dignity and realize a genuine inner achievement that makes life meaningful and purposeful.” Mark found incredible purpose in his life by loving his family and friends (and anyone he met) with unquestioned love. He found inspired purpose by sharing his experiences with families dealing with loved ones stricken with incidents of TBI for the first time. He engaged in daily prayer and fostered an incredible spiritual connection to the God he knew and loved by opening his arms wide with unqualified appreciation to everyone he met. His greatest gift to all was the gift of perspective. He understood that there were other TBI patients far worse off than he and was thankful for his many blessings each and every day. Everyone who knew and loved Mark could not help but be impressed with this outlook and be touched forever as a result. He was a loving brother, friend and teacher and will be dearly missed.
A memorial celebration of Mark’s life will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Waterville later this Spring. The Theriault and St. Mark families will make arrangements and send out notices well in advance of this event.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Mark’s name to:
Hospice of Southern Maine
180 US Route 1
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
(attn.: Discretionary Fund)
60 Eustis Parkway
Waterville, ME 04901
Portland, ME - Joseph Labbe, 92, of Portland died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Residence.
He was born in Brunswick, ME on April 22, 1924 a son of the late Joseph A. & Katherine (Makatly) Labbe. He attended local area schools and after school went on to see much of the world while he served his country.
As a young man, Joe also enjoyed working in the woods on logging crews. He also spent many years at the Alder Street Salvation Army Store in Portland, where he endeared himself to many a customer.
Joe was a kind gentleman with a big heart and a twinkle in his eyes. He had a great sense of humor and was always eager and willing to help anyone who asked for it.
Joe will be dearly missed by his “adopted” family the Kelley’s of Cumberland and Falmouth and his many friends at Haven House in Portland, who helped in ways to lengthy to count.
A private burial will take place in the spring at Black Point Cemetery, Scarborough
Portland, ME – Priscilla M. Tibbetts, 81, of Portland died on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Portland Center for Assisted Living. She was the wife of the late Lynn E. Tibbetts, to whom she was married to for sixty-two years, who died on January 27, 2016.
She was born on July 29, 1935 in Portland, ME and attended local area schools and graduated from Deering High School.
She retired as a customer service representative for LL Bean in Freeport and prior to that was a real estate agent, selling for Mark Stimpson and Turner Barker Realty.
Priscilla was a member of the Jaycee Wives and the Androscoggin Valley German Shepard Club and she was also very active in the local and state Republican Party. She was an avid knitter with a quick wit and direct sense of humor, often leaving people wondering what she would say next. She was a loving and devoted wife and she and Lynn, her high school sweetheart, loved their children, always putting them first.
She is survived by her three children Laura E. T. Abbott and her husband Carl of Falmouth ME, Lynnda E. Tibbetts Macisso and her husband Michael of Burke, VA and David N. Tibbetts and his wife Rebecca all of Portland. She also leaves her five grandchildren Courtney D. Abbott, Cathryn D. Abbott, Dante M. Macisso, Joseph H. Macisso, Mark E. Egeland and his fiancé Emily Van Duzer as well as three great grandchildren Amya, Chance and Cahlie Ross.
A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2017 with a date and time to be announced.
Biddeford, ME - Chris G Fredenburg, 44, of Saco, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
Chris was born in Bradenton Florida, on October 24,1972, the son of Catherine Fredenburg of Portland, Maine and Glen Alday of Florida.
Chris graduated from Portland High School in 1993 where he was a two sport athlete, playing both football and hockey. He worked many jobs throughout his life; working at Pratt Abbott in South Portland, Portland Press Herald & Emery Waterhouse in Portland. Chris was loved and respected by many co-workers, family, and friends as well as his second Munjoy Hill "Family"
Chris was a laid back man who was a humorous, care taker to all of those that he loved. He had great talent making paracord bracelets, necklaces, key chains, etc...His other interests included the NY Yankees, The NY Giants, Boston Bruins, and Madden Mobile Football, as he had a love for sports.
Chris's favorite past time was spending time with his beloved children Casey and Colby, his partner & friend Clarissa Merrifield. He enjoyed visits at "Mom's house" hanging with Mom, nephew Andrew, sister Tonya, brother Jason and Uncle Jr. His visits will be missed by all especially his love of music when he would share his vast knowledge in his "name that tune" game.
Besides his mother and father, Chris is survived by his children Casey & Colby Fredenburg; sister Tonya Fredenburg and his brother Jason Fredenburg. He also leaves his partner Clarissa & her Children, Nephews Andrew, Truper and Pryce Fredenburg, Uncle Jr and Uncle Mike and Spouses and Aunt Judy Hall, as well as many beloved cousins & friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 268 Brown St. Westbrook, on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers donations are greatly appreciated to Catherine Fredenburg, 541 Brighton Ave, Portland, ME 04102, to help with a memorial head stone for Chris or a donation to the American Heart Association in his name. God Bless.
Cape Elizabeth, ME - Harriette Linnell Hall Hubley of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, formerly of South Portland, died of natural causes on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. She was 97 years old.
Throughout her long life Harriette was loved for her generosity, energy, devotion to family and keen wit. She died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at Cape Memory Care, Cape Elizabeth. Her husband of 75 years, Benjamin Hubley, was at her side.
Harriette, better known as Hattie, was born on Dec. 14, 1919, in Dumbarton, Va., the daughter of Sophie Linnell Hall and Wilfred E. Hall. She grew up in Augusta, Maine, and attended Cony High School, where she met Ben Hubley.
As a teenager, Harriette was a talented cellist. She and her sisters, violinist Marjorie and pianist Virginia, performed as the Hall Trio and were well-known in the Augusta area. Acquaintances at Cony, Hattie and Ben grew closer after Ben presented the trio on his radio program on the Augusta station WRDO.
After high school, Hattie worked as a maid and au pair in the Augusta area. She and Ben were married in Jamaica Plain, Mass., just weeks before Pearl Harbor, and lived in Boston until Ben joined the U.S. Army to serve during World War II.
Hattie took over for Ben as a technician for the Dictaphone Service Company in Boston. Always best friends, Harriette and Marjorie lived together in the Boston area during Ben's overseas Army service, 1942–45.
After the war, the Hubleys lived in Boston, where their daughter Susan was born; North Adams, Mass., birthplace of daughter Nancy; and Bennington, Vt., birthplace of son Douglas. The family moved in 1958 to South Portland, where Ben and Hattie made their home for 55 years.
Harriette had a brilliant creative drive that found expression through such activities as ornamental gardening, darkroom photography and cooking. She and Ben were right in step with the American culinary renaissance that began in the 1960s, and Hattie was skilled and versatile in the kitchen.
She transformed her backyard at Richland Street into a beautiful perennial garden that was an oasis for the family. Hattie and Marjorie always began their get-togethers with a look at each other's garden.
Harriette's sparkling, mischievous sense of humor stayed with her to the end. Her family will always remember the laughter-filled meals, the long sightseeing drives in one station wagon or another and the backyard croquet games that Hattie usually won.
Hattie was an animal lover whose cat family at one point numbered 12. She was vigorous well into her later life, and her neighbors will recall her many years as a runner, a practice she sustained into her 80s.
Harriette was predeceased by her parents and sisters and by a son, Dennis. She is survived by her husband, Ben; her daughters Susan and Nancy; her son, Doug, and his wife, Gretchen Schaefer; and nieces and nephews.
The family is profoundly grateful to the staff at Cape Memory Care for their kindness and diligence throughout Harriette's residency there, especially in her final days and hours. We are also very grateful to the Beacon Hospice staff.
No public service is planned.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in Harriette’s memory to Maine Audubon: bit.ly/hattie-audubon.