West Paris, ME - Charles Henry DeGroot, 85, of Oquossoc, Maine died Monday, April 7th, 2014 at Ledgeview Living Center in West Paris, Maine.

He was the only child born to the late Charles and Susan (Murray) DeGroot on December 21, 1928 in Summit, New Jersey. He was a 1946 graduate of Summit High School. He met Noreen Smith while they were working together in a grocery store. They married on August 15, 1953 and were lucky enough to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary last year.

They settled in Summit and raised five children there. He served in the New Jersey Army Reserves in the 1950's. He was proud to have been a firefighter for 26 years with the Summit Fire Department before retiring in 1979 and moving to Topsham, Maine. There, he opened Red Schoolhouse Antiques where he restored many beautiful pieces of furniture before closing the shop in 2000. In 2002, he and Noreen moved full time to their camp on Rangeley Lake that they built in the 1960's. 

The camp in Rangeley was his favorite place on Earth. His family shared his love of the camp and have many happy memories of boating and fishing in the summer, snowmobiling in the winter and many competitive games of International Rummy. He was an unwavering fan of the Green Bay Packers and spent many hours yelling at the television while watching them. He could also tell you the year and model of any antique car. While he was still a firefighter, he helped restore the department’s 1927 antique fire truck and he drove it in parades all over New Jersey. He could repair almost anything that was broken and build anything that he needed. He always owned a dog and, in later years, discovered he loved cats too. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Oquossoc. 

He is survived by his loving wife Noreen, son Robert DeGroot and his wife Joyce of Eagle River, Alaska, son Richard DeGroot and his wife Teresa of Coatesville, PA, daughter Patricia Shaw and her husband Ron of Naples, Maine, son Joshua DeGroot of Wiscasset, Maine and daughter Katrina DeGroot and her husband Tim McMahon of Portland, Maine. He is also survived by nine grandchildren-Rebecca, Heather, Emily, Christopher, Sarah, Molly, Andrew, Grace and Declan and one great grandson Evan. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date and interment will be at St. Teresa's Cemetery in Summit, New Jersey. 

Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Charles’ guestbook and to leave condolences for the family.


Westbrook, ME – Alice Emily (Carey) Wotton, 74, of Westbrook died on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Springbrook Nursing Home.  She was the wife of the late Dale L. Wotton, who died in 1989 and the longtime companion of Avon W. Wilcox of Westbrook.


She was born on January 11, 1940 in Portland, ME a daughter of the late William H. & Emily (Bouthalette) Carey.  She grew up in Portland, attending local area schools.  She married Dale as a teenager and was married to him for over 30 years before he died.


Alice enjoyed cooking, especially for family during the holidays; Her Corn Chowder will be especially missed.  She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and word searches as well as Soap Operas and game shows.


Besides her companion Avon, she is survived by her five children, Brenda Wotton of Portland, Cynthia Wotton of Westbrook, Stephen Wotton of Portland, Avon Wotton of Portland and Evelyn Wotton of Westbrook as well as her nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  She also leaves four brothers, William “Billy” Carey of Portland, Wallace Carey of Westbrook, David Bouthalette of Biddeford and Richard “Dickie” Carey of New Hampshire.  Alice was also the mother of the late Raymond Wotton and two infants she lost during child birth.  Also, she was the grandmother of the late Chris Pierce and sister of the late Edward “Eddie” Carey.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Noon at Forest City Cemetery, 262 Lincoln St. South Portland.


In lieu of flowers, donations her help the family with her final expenses can be sent care of:

Advantage Funeral Services

981 Forest Ave.

Portland, ME 04103

Bowdoin- Vera Marie Heuer,age 43 passed away WednesdayApril 2,2014 at Massachusetts General Hospital, after losing her battle with Cystic Fibrosis. She was born in Bristol, CT Feb. 28, 1971, the daughter of Norman and Paula Small Letendre.

Vera attended schools in Bowdoin and Lisbon Falls and graduated from Lisbon High School.On April 21, 1993Vera married Anthony Heuer. They have a daughter NaomiHeuer, who was the center of Vera’s world.
Vera was the state poster child for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Ct. in 1976. She was a volunteer at Bowdoin Central School in the computer lab and was a Girl Scout Leader for 12 years. Vera enjoyed working with the Girl Scouts, she considered all the scouts her girls. Even with her disabilities she took the girls camping, on trips and taught them many things. Vera was always busy with her hands doing crafts or crocheting, famous for her plastic tote bags. She was a fighter never giving in to her disability.
She is survived by her loving husbandAnthony “Tony” Heuer, her wonderful daughter Naomi Heuer, her mother Paula Small Letendre of Bowdoin,ME ,her father Norman Letendre of Sandy Hook, CT. Vera is all survived by many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and all the girls in her Girl Scout Family.
She is predeceased by her sister Beth Letendre, her uncle Stephen Small and her grandparents, Joseph Albert and Marie-Ange Letendre and Roland and Patricia Small.
There will be a graveside service on April 26, 2014 at 1 pm, at Lisbon Centre Cemetery in Lisbon Center, ME. The celebration of life will follow at St Matthews at 496 Lisbon Street, Lisbon Falls, Maine.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Suite 200, Bethesda, Maryland20814


Auburn, ME – Rachel G. (Bouchard) Perkins, 80, of Sabattus died on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Auburn Hospice House.  She was the wife of the late Seth Perkins who died on February 27, 1999.

She was born February 27, 1934 in Lewiston, ME a daughter of the late Magloire and Jeanne Bouchard.  She graduated from St. Dominic’s High School.

Rachel worked for St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston for over twenty five years as a cashier.  She also enjoyed doing search word puzzles, as well as camping and riding their motorcycle with her beloved husband Seth.

She is survived by her children Alan Perkins and his wife Sandy of California, Gail Martin and her companion Matt Baker of Knoxville, TN, Troy Perkins and his companion Sue LaPlante of Sabattus and Rody Perkins and his wife Chris of Turner.  She also leaves five grandchildren Joey, Darcy, Crystal, Briana and Nolan and seven great grandchildren.  She was also the grandmother of the late David Martin, who died on October 1, 2002.

Per Rachel’s wishes there will be no services.

Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Rachel’s guestbook and to leave condolences and remembrances for the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to:

Auburn Hospice House

236 Stetson Road

Auburn, ME 04210


Portland- Theodore W. Lipps, 59, of South Portland, passed away on March 28th, 2014 at Maine Medical Center.  He was the husband of Krista Rickett.

Ted was born the son of the late Robert H. and Jacqueline A. (Powers) Lipps on January 13th, 1955 in Kittery, Maine.


He worked in many trades, including drywall and painting, mostly in the greater Portland area throughout his life, although he did do work out of state in Washington and Louisiana. 

He was also an avid member in the Sahara Club in Portland.  Ted was big into all of the New England sports teams, loved the New England Patriots, Syracuse Orange and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  He loved to play poker with his friends, and always enjoyed a good meal, even more so when it was Mexican. 

Besides his loving wife, Krista, He is survived by his son, Shawn Lipps of South Portland, and three brothers Robert Lipps of Portland, John Lipps of Elkton, MD, and James Lipps of Livermore Falls. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on April 2nd, 2014 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at the Sahara Club, 135 Washington Ave, Portland, ME. 

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave, Portland, ME.  For complete obituary and to leave condolences for the family, please visit www.advantageportland.com.

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