Lewiston - Orean Joseph “Champ” Champagne, 86, a resident of Lewiston passed away at home, on July 1st following a yearlong battle with cancer with his loving wife by his side. 

He was born January 2, 1929 in Coaticook, P.Q., the son of Yvonne Arsenault and Eugene Champagne. He was educated in local schools, attended the Brothers of Christian Instruction in Alfred, Maine and was a member of the National Guard.

In September 1950, he married Muriel Caron and together they raised five children.  She predeceased him in June of 1974.  He married Claudette Beauchesne King in July 1979 and they became of family with 8 children.

He worked for many years in motor repair, retiring as supervisor from AC Electric.  He enjoyed traveling the country, cruising, going to casinos, especially Las Vegas, playing cards and cribbage.  He found great pleasure in helping others and was always the first to lend a hand and share his knowledge.   Most of all, he cherished his time spent with family, especially hosting large family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife Claudette, daughters: Janine (Robert) Pelchat, Anne (Robert) Leveque, Christina (Richard)  Eccles , sons: Rene (Janine) Champagne, Paul Champagne, Richard (Debbie) King,  mother in law Rose Maley, daughter in law Carleen Champagne, son in law Steve Theberge,  17 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, sisters  Rita Mathieu, Georgette True, Lise Conway, and Jacqueline Conway.  He is also survived by special friends Norman Lessard and Lucien and Millie Guay. 

He was predeceased by a son, Mark Champagne, a daughter Kathy Theberge, brothers Russell and Gaeten, sisters Vivian Goulette, Cecile DeLong, Frances Theberge and granddaughter Kara Law.

The family would like to thank Drs. Kappelmann and Pandey as well as Androscoggin Home Health especially Tish Clark for their care and assistance.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, July 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family, 607 Sabattus Street, Lewiston.

Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Lewiston, ME.

Donations may be made in his memory to St. Mary’s Oncology Unit or Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice.


Portland-Irvine Scribner Kantz, 94, died Sunday, June 29, 2015 at home in Portland, Maine. She was born on the family farm in Mobeetie, Texas.  She started school early, as her mother taught in the one room school house. She graduated from Texas Tech at age 20 in 1941.  When Irvine began her teaching career, some of her students were older than she was.  She met her future husband, Wayne Kantz, when he was stationed in Pampa, Texas as a flight instructor for the Army Air Corps during WWII.  When the war ended, they moved to Wayne's home of Southern California.  Although they later divorced, they raised two girls, June and Janet, and had many adventures together.


Irvine was predeceased by her parents, W.A. and LaVerne (Sims) Scribner, her brothers Albert Scribner and Bud Carroll Scribner, her sister Fannie Belle Scribner, and her daughter, June Kantz Pemberton.  She is survived by her daughter Janet Kantz and son-in-law, David Loranger, with whom she lived.  She is also survived by her nieces, Carol Ann Scribner (Bernie), Mary Ellen Scribner, and Gail Smith (David), and her nephews Bill Scribner (Becky), Rick Smith, Craig Simmons (Silvia), Eric Simmons (Ilona), and her sister-in-law, Charlsey Scribner.  Special thanks to Ann, Edie, Raef and the rest of the team at Hospice of Southern Maine.


Irvine always said she was a Texan by birth, a Californian by marriage, and a Mainer by old age.  She was a skilled gardener, avid reader, exuberant traveler, devoted Methodist, and lifelong learner.  She will be missed.  There will be no local service.  She will be buried In Mobeetie, Texas at a later date.


Portland, ME -- Margaret Elizabeth Haydt, 69, of Portland passed peacefully on June 20, 2015. Peg was predeceased by her loving husband Ken in 1989. Survived by her daughters, Kathryn Washburn and her fiancé Adam of Holden, and Kimberley Fogg and her husband Duane of Gray; grandchildren: James Robinson, Ashley Cyr, Danielle Fogg, Makenzie Washburn, Devin Fogg and Delia Fogg; great-grandchildren: Gabe, Savannah and Jenna-Lynn; along with many extended family members.

Peg was born in Portland, the daughter of Walter and Eleanor Curit. She is a 1964 graduate of Deering High School. After marrying Ken, her traveling adventures started, living in Alaska and Maryland; while traveling across country.  She always considered Maine to be her home.   Peg loved animals, crafts, reading, playing cards, puzzles, most of all she loved her time with her family. She enjoyed attending a variety of events for her grandchildren from football games, cheering competitions to school concerts. She will always be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother and whose greatest joy was her family and friends.

At Peg’s request, no services will be held.  A celebration of life may be held at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to:

Animal Refuge League

449 Stroudwater St.

Westbrook, ME 04092

Auburn, ME – James Frederick “Fred” Hale born June 27, 1932, died Friday the 26th of June 2015.  He was 82 years old. 11 months, 30 days and 23 hours old.  Fred leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Marie; his four children, James and his wife Cathryn of Georgia, Joanne of Portland, Sarah and her partner David of California, and Ryan and her husband Bennett of Maryland; his siblings Maryanne and her husband Jack of Belfast, Byron of Bangor, and Linda of Belgrade Lakes; a granddaughter Holly of Georgia; his cousin Evelyn and husband Gerry of Warren; and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his father James Elliott, his stepmother Barbara, his mother Evelyn Bryant, his sister Lois Tribble and brother James Elliott Hale. 

Fred graduated from Camden High School in 1950 where he was class President, and after serving in the Navy Seabees he enrolled in Boston University where he majored in business administration.  Fred worked for many companies throughout New England and New York, including the Camden-Rockland Water Company for 18 years.  He began his career with the United States Postal Service in 1982 where his job took him to many offices in Maine.  He became Postmaster in Orr’s Island before retiring in 2000. 

Fred was a very proud to be a Mason.  He was raised by the Boston University Lodge in 1957 and was affiliated member of the Ancient York Lodge 155 A.F.A.M. in Lisbon Falls.  He was also a member of the Androscoggin Valley of the Scottish Rites and Consistory in Portland.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Hospice House at 236 Stetson Road Auburn, ME 040240 or the Ancient York Lodge 155 scholarship fund in care of Toby D. Williams P.M., 72 Summer Street, Lisbon Falls, ME 04252 or go have an ice cream and think of Fred. 

A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 2, 2015 at the Ancient York Lodge in Lisbon Falls at 2 p.m.

Freeport, ME – Susan J. (Smith) Sharp, 58, of Freeport died unexpectedly at her home on Monday, June 8, 2015. 

She was born on October 27, 1956 in Farmington, ME a daughter of the late Carl M. & Rose (Baker) Smith.  She grew up in Yarmouth, attending local area schools and graduated from Yarmouth High School. 

Susan worked as a waitress for various restaurants during her life and also volunteered at The Freeport Community Services.  She enjoyed gardening, cooking, crafts, card games, outdoor activities, bowling, and decorating and going to yard sales.  Her greatest joy however, was spending time with her family. 

She is survived by her daughter Melissa S. Gray of Saco, her son James H. Sharp of Fort Myers, her other daughter Angela R. Abourjaily and her husband Karl of Windham.  She also leaves her sister Carla Smith of Naples, FL and her brother Stephen Smith and his wife Gayle of Yarmouth as well as several nieces and nephews. 

Services will be private. 

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

Freeport Community Center

53 Depot Street


Freeport, ME 04032

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