Yarmouth, ME -- Gene D. Norris, 67, of Troutdale, VA formerly of Waterboro, died on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Auburn Hospice House.
He was born on August 6, 1948 a son of the late Ernest & Othel Norris. Gene grew up in Ayer, MA attending local area schools and graduating from Ayer High School. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Army, serving two tours in Vietnam, in the infantry division. He served as a paratrooper and was a part of the Long-range reconnaissance patrols or LRRPs unit. Gene received the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Gene was also a proud member of the 173D Airborne Brigade Association.
After returning home, Gene moved to Maine where he started his family and returned to school. He attended USM Gorham & Portland and obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Education with a minor in Agriculture.
Gene was a teacher for many years throughout the Massabesic School District after which he became an over the road truck driver, traveling from Maine to California. When Gene decided that long-haul driving was no longer for him, he became a local driver for Moulison North out of Biddeford. He became a great friends with the owner Ken, they would take many trips together both personal and work related. Ken said that "Gene was a true friend, not just someone who worked for me."
He had a great love for football, playing all through high school and going on to coach the first youth football league in Waterboro, ME. Not only was he a big Patriots fan, but he adored the Greely Football Teams, following his grandchildren through their youth football career. He would make sure to arrange his schedule to be in Maine, every year for football season. His presence was always known when he would pull up to football events on his Harley Davidson. Gene was a classical man's man, with his love of the outdoors, kayaking and hunting. He loved listening to “great Music”; Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Janis Joplin to name a few. He saw Janis Joplin in concert once and said “she wasn’t much to look at, but man could she sing”. Gene was an avid reader all his life and loved John Wayne movies.
His legacy is his family, he was a true family man, exceptional father and an amazing grandfather, leaving behind his number one daughter Amy Perham and her husband Michael of Yarmouth, ME and two sons Robert Norris and his wife Christel of Virginia and Donald Norris of Biddeford. Two nieces Khristine Perez and La'Raesa Norris both of IL and his grandchildren; Brian Gouin Jr., Isaiah Richardson & Coles Stiles of Yarmouth, Me, Trey & Kori Norris of Limerick, Me. and Donnie & David Norris of Biddeford, Me. He was also the brother of the late Lonnie Rodgers and Ann Norris. Everyone who knew him said he was a true, genuine and sincere man.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 12 - 2 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave. Portland, ME. A funeral service, officiated by Pastor Jeff Logan, will follow at 2 p.m. at the Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ or the Dempsey Center, 10 High Street, Lewiston, ME 04240
Gorham, ME – Janice M. (Lebahn) Ronan, 64, of Gorham passed away on Monday, February 8, 2016 at her home.
She was born on November 9, 1951, in Buffalo, NY, to Wilbert and Thelma Lebahn. She graduated from Cardinal O’Hara High School in 1969, and State University of New York, College at Buffalo in 1973. Jan started her career with IBM in Buffalo in Field Engineering, troubleshooting mainframe computer software, and was with them for 23 years in various locations including Winnipeg, Manitoba; Hartford, Connecticut; and Portland, Maine. She always enjoyed problem solving and helping friends with their computers.
Outside of work, Janice enjoyed swimming, camping and hiking, traveling, sewing and quilting, all crafts, gardening and golfing (especially many years with the women of Val Halla, Cumberland, Maine).
Her travels included the Caribbean Islands, Alaska, New Zealand and the British Isles where she and Ray walked the Coast-to-Coast trail. She married Raymond Ronan in 2007 – he was her true soul mate.
In Addition to her parents, Janice was predeceased by her brother, Paul. She is survived by her husband, Raymond; brother, Lawrence (Nora) Lebahn; twin sister, Jane (James) Walter; nieces and nephews, Paul (Janice) Lebahn; Michelle (Rob) June; Matthew (Margaret) Lebahn; Joseph Walter, Kathryn (John) Dills; and Margaret Walter; 16 grand nieces and nephews; cousins, Robert (Jackie) Lallak; Raymond (Mary) Lallak; Wendy (Fred) Quinn and former husband, Bruce Gove.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 14, at 3:00 pm, at the Windham Hill United Church of Christ, 140 Windham Center, Windham, Maine. Please send your donations, made out to Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, P.O. Box 322, Ellsworth, ME 04605 (and note on the check that it is in Memory of Janice Ronan, TTT2015), or donate to Turn The Tide Retreat at http://www.bethwrightcancercenter.org/ovarian-cancer-retreat
Scarborough, ME -- Gail Katherine Catanzaro, 81 years old died in her home with family on January 23, 2016.
She was born in Winchester, Mass to the parents of Joseph and Ruth Tansey. Gail graduated from St. Charles High School in 1952 where she was president of her class and later served on the student governing board for Children's Hospital in Boston. Here she received her nursing degree and was appointed a nursing position at Children's hospital where she worked during the polio epidemic of 1954 and later under Dr. Farber during the early stages of his development on treating cancer.
Gail met the love of her life Salvatore Catanzaro while working in Boston. They were married in 1958 and moved to Illinois where she worked as a nurse and was recognized for her efforts in updating the hospitals children’s ward from the knowledge she gained at Children’s Hospital in Boston. After several years in Illinois, she and her husband Salvatore chose to settle in Clinton Connecticut where she continued her career as a nurse at Middlesex Hospital and later as a school nurse and educational assistant for 19 years. She was again recognized with the staff appreciation award upon her retirement in 1992 for being instrumental as one of the initial individuals who worked to have children with physical disabilities mainstreamed into the regular education classroom for the first time.
Even after retirement Gail's life continued to be about her dedication to caring for others with kindness and compassion. She and her husband Sal joyfully enjoyed retirement by traveling and working in their gardens at their farmhouse in New Hampshire. Gail was most proud of her family and enjoyed spending most of her time with her grandchildren who were always greeted with smiles, hugs and fresh baked brownies.
She was adored by her family and is survived by her husband Salvatore of 58 years, Brother Richard Tansey of Half Moonbay, CA, Sister Ann Bellino of Bedford MA, predeceased by brother George of Falmouth ME, children Paul Catanzaro of Marlborough MA, Son David Catanzaro of Exeter NH and daughter Ruth Hughes of Scarborough ME, and many nieces and nephews but most importantly by her beloved grandchildren Coryn Catanzaro, Courtney Catanzaro, Jack, Ben and Tansey Hughes and David Catanzaro who she now joins in heaven.
In line with Gail's constant concern for others, she did not wish to have formal services but preferred to have her family gather together in celebration at the family’s farm house in New Hampshire at a time that was warm, sunny and her flowers in full bloom. The farm is a place dear to her heart and where her family could always go to be together.
In lieu of flowers please send contributions to Gail's favorite charity, St. Jude's Children's Research Fund.
PORTLAND - Jacquelyn E. (Roche) Dinsmore, 81, went home to her Savior on Thursday, February 4, 2016.
She was born on September 3, 1934 in Portland, ME, daughter of Elmer and Elizabeth Roche. She attended Portland schools and graduated from Portland High School in 1952.
After graduation, Jackie worked as a bookkeeper for several companies including: Senak, Sears and The District Office of the Assemblies of God Church. After retirement, she worked at Porteous, Mitchell & Braun, where she could use her special talent of obtaining a bargain, as well as her kind heart and sparkling personality with anyone she encountered.
Jackie’s entire life was spent devoted to her church, The First Assembly of God in Portland, where she attended for over sixty years. Jackie loved children; she spent most of her years working as a Sunday School teacher and was able to bring countless children to know and love Jesus.
Jackie was an inspiration to everyone she met. Though she faced many struggles in her life, she never let herself dwindle in the way of her faith. She was upbeat, positive and even when her health began to decline, she spent her days thinking of others and how to make them happy. She was the sunshine in many of our lives. On December 8, 1984, Jackie married Ralph Dinsmore.
She was predeceased by her father and mother, as well as her sister Eleanor Williams. Jackie is survived by her husband, Ralph, her sisters Floray Roche and Deborah McCarthy and her very special girl, Elizabeth Voisine. Jackie leaves behind twelve nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews and many, many dear friends.
Her family would like to thank the staff of 2 South at the Barron Center for loving and caring for Jackie during her time spent there.
There will be a visitation on Monday, February 8 from 10-12 at The First Assembly of God Church, 243 Cumberland Avenue, Portland Maine, followed by a service to celebrate her life. The family invites you to stay for a reception in Jackie’s honor after the service.
Burial will be in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Falmouth, Maine.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
The First Assembly of God Church
243 Cumberland Ave
Portland, ME 04101
Portland, ME -- Lynn Edward Tibbetts, 82 of Portland, passed away peacefully Wednesday January 27, 2016 at the Barron Center with family by his side after a period of failing health. Lynn was born May 15, 1933 in Houlton, ME to Huse Norwood Tibbetts and Lucille M. Hodgkins.
Lynn graduated from Deering High School in 1951, and soon after joined the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean War, and attended UMPG. Lynn married his high school sweetheart Priscilla Maye Robinson in 1954 in Portland, ME and worked for IBM for 35 years, retiring in 1988. Lynn loved all sports, especially baseball + kids, and coached at LL 9 Portland; he was district manager for 13 years. As a young man, he was also involved in the Jaycees. He treasured being a family man and was often found at his kids' homes and grandchildren’s practices + games. Lynn + Priscilla were able to travel to Europe to visit with their daughter's family which they very much enjoyed. The Tibbetts home was always full of a variety of animals, and early on, all 4-legged family members were named after all the 'Peanuts' characters. Lynn especially loved German Shepherds, always having at least one to greet visitors. He was a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan and requested they be his pallbearers "so they could let me down one more time." Lynn's unique sense of humor, kind, gentle soul, and a treasured moral compass made him loved + respected by all who knew him.
Lynn is survived by Priscilla, his wife of 61 years; daughter Laura Abbott and husband Carl of Falmouth, ME; daughter Lynnda Tibbetts Macisso and husband Michael of Burke, VA; and son David Tibbetts and wife Rebecca of Portland, ME; grandchildren Courtney + Cathryn Abbott, Dante + Joseph Macisso, and Mark Egeland + partner Emily VanDuzer; brothers Terry + wife Merilee Tibbetts, and Rod + wife Cheryl Tibbetts. Lynn also was blessed with 2 great grandchildren Amya and Chance Ross. Lynn was predeceased by his mother Lucille at age 4, and parents Huse and Rachel (Fowles) Tibbetts and his Aunt Maerice Blackington.
A memorial service will be held Saturday March 5, 2016 at 1pm at Wilde Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery, Stevens Ave, Portland, ME with a private burial at a later date in Mountain View Cemetery in Camden, Maine. Expressions of sympathy are asked to consider the Animal Refuge in Westbrook, ME, or the Alzheimer’s Association.
The family wishes to extend gratitude to Hospice of Southern Maine, specifically Erica and Cindy.