Bereavement Services

  • Juanita L. Carl, notice

    BELFAST — Juanita L. Carl, 81 of Belfast passed away on February 15, 2019 in Belfast. 

    She was born on May 27, 1937 in Springfield, MO. 

    A full obituary will follow. 

    Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home in Belfast.  Memories and condolences may be offered to the family at

    Posted: Tue, 02/19/2019 - 2:00pm
  • Edna Eaton, obituary

    ROCKLAND – Edna May Eaton, 96, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the Sussman House in Rockport.

    Born in Bangor, November 25, 1922, she was the daughter of Fredrick C. and Mildred P. Wilson Gerow.

    Posted: Tue, 02/19/2019 - 2:00pm
  • Arnold T. Hocking, notice

    SOUTH THOMASTON — Arnold T. Hocking, 91, husband of the late Sylvia Adams Hocking, died peacefully, Sunday, February 17, 2019, at the Cushing Homestead.  

    A funeral service with Military Honors, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. The Rev. Wayne Sawyer will officiate.

    Posted: Mon, 02/18/2019 - 4:45pm
  • Kari J. Cross, notice

    SEARSPORT — Kari J. Cross (Hilt), 39, left this world far too soon due to natural causes, Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.  

    A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 23, at 1 p.m., at Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.   

    Posted: Mon, 02/18/2019 - 4:30pm
  • Leocadia ‘Laura’ Zukowski Bryson, obituary

    THOMASTON — Leocadia ‘Laura’ Zukowski Bryson, passed at home Thursday, February 14, 2019. She was born in Grodno, Poland on May 1, 1923 to Walerian and Emilia (Chilmonczyk) Zukowski.

    She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas, in 1999.

    Posted: Mon, 02/18/2019 - 2:45pm
  • Melody R. Sandone, obituary

    ROCKLAND — With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of our matriarch, Melody R. Sandone, on Wednesday February 13, 2019.

    Born August 16, 1954, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of Donald and Constance Bullock Smith. Melody grew up and attended schools in East Windsor, CT.  She has lived in Rockland for the past eight years.

    Posted: Mon, 02/18/2019 - 2:15pm
  • Billy Jo L. Sherman, obituary

    LIBERTY — Billy Jo L. Sherman, 38 of Liberty died unexpectedly February 15, 2019. 
    He was born on October 10, 1980 in Waterville the son of Douglas and Patricia (Ouelette) Sherman Sr. 
    Billy Jo attended Mount View High School and after began working for MBNA where he worked for many years before it became Bank of America.  Most recently he was working with Green Home Solutions in Belfast.
    Posted: Mon, 02/18/2019 - 1:30pm
  • Edna M. Eaton, service

    ROCKLAND — Edna M. Eaton, 96, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, Sunday, February 10, 2019, at the Sussman Hospice House in Rockport.

    Family and friends are invited to visit from 12 to 1 p.m., Friday, February 22, at Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.

    A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m.

    Posted: Fri, 02/15/2019 - 1:30pm
  • Virginia R. ‘Ginny’ Thompson, obituary

    FRIENDSHIP – Virginia R. ‘Ginny’ Thompson, 91, went home to be with her Lord, Thursday, February 7, 2019, at the Knox Center in Rockland.

    Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 - 4:00pm
  • Keith B. Heal, obituary

    WARREN — Keith B. Heal, 50 of Warren, Maine died Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Sussman House in Rockport after a short, but brave, battle with esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his entire family and we are grateful that he got to say what he wanted to everyone before he passed from this life to the next. He knew he was being called and would be joining his parents soon.

    Posted: Wed, 02/13/2019 - 4:45pm
  • Melanie Benner, obituary

    TULSA — Melanie Anne Hagar was born January 1, 1924 in the town of Freyming in the Alsace Lorraine region of France.

    She and her sister, Alice, enjoyed a traditional French upbringing in their beautiful homeland even as it was ravaged by war. One day, she met a dashing Army Lieutenant from Belfast, Maine, Mearl Benner. He stole her heart and they were married after the close of fighting in 1946.

    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 - 4:30pm
  • Jane H. Parrish, obituary

    BELFAST — Jane H. Parrish, 88, of Belfast, passed away on February 6, 2019, at home of natural causes.

    Born on July 21, 1930 in Natick, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Helen S. Hodges and Clark R. Hodges.

    She was a graduate of public schools in Belmont and Belfast, and of Westbrook Junior College in Portland, Maine in 1950. For a number of years she was employed as a legal secretary in the law firm of Linnell, Brown, Perkins, Thompson and Hinkley in Portland.

    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 - 4:30pm
  • Willis “Bill” D. Hodson, obituary

    CAMDEN — Willis “Bill” D. Hodson, 92, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Bella Point in Camden. 

    Born in Camden on March 12, 1926, he was the son of G. Willis and Vera (Wilbur) Hodson. 

    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 - 4:30pm
  • Ervin Arbo, obituary

    Ervin Adrian Arbo, 74, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, when he passed away peacefully in an Augusta hospital on January 19, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. 

    Born in Bangor, Maine, he is survived by his wife Joan; his daughter Meg of PA; his sons, John and Timothy and his wife Jenna; his two grandsons Asher and Emmett of Belfast; his siblings, Rose, Irene, Annette, Alan, Cris and John and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 - 4:15pm
  • Priscilla Adams Smith, obituary

    ROCKLAND — Priscilla Adams Smith, 96, died Sunday, February 3, 2019 at her home in Rockland surrounded by her loving family.  

    Priscilla was born June 22, 1922, the daughter of Forest and Hilda Locke Brazier.  

    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 - 8:45am
  • Marvin Kolkin, obituary

    ROCKPORT — Marvin Leon Kolkin passed away peacefully at the age of 94.

    He was a founding member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and had a distinguished medical career in Montgomery County, Maryland, where he served as chief of surgery at Holy Cross Hospital and Montgomery General Hospital.

    He loved boating, fishing and flying.

    Marvin and his wife moved to Maine in 1996 and he happily spent the rest of his life at the home they built on the Midcoast.

    Posted: Sun, 02/10/2019 - 3:45pm
  • Shirley L. Carlson, obituary

    PROSPECT - Shirley L. Carlson, 85 of Prospect, passed away peacefully the evening of January 30, 2019, just 19 days after the passing of Ralph, her beloved husband of 45 years.

    She was born in Belfast on September 1, 1933, to Byron and Edith (Philbrook) Greenlaw. She attended schools in Belfast and spent the early years of her life raising a family in central Connecticut.

    Posted: Fri, 02/08/2019 - 11:45am
  • Alfred L. Butler, obituary

    WARREN — Alfred L. Butler, 90, died Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Knox Center in Rockland following an extended period of declining health.

    Born in Thomaston, August 26, 1928, he was the son of Maynard Brazier and Bertha Callahan. He was later adopted by Wilmont and Ada Watts Butler.

    Posted: Wed, 02/06/2019 - 7:45pm
  • Wilfred L. Mills, obituary

    SPRUCE HEAD ISLAND — Wilfred L. Mills, Lt. Col. USAF Ret., 93, died Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Sussman House in Rockport.

    Born May 31, 1925, he was brought up on North Haven Island, the son of Merle F. and Emma Peck Mills.

    Posted: Tue, 02/05/2019 - 1:30pm
  • Betty Daggett, obituary

    ROCKLAND — Betty Daggett, 80, of Rockland, passed away at her home with family on Saturday, February 2, 2019 after a brief illness.

    Born in Rockland, January 11, 1939, she was the daughter of Elmer and Genevieve (Gray) Withee.  

    She was educated in Rockland schools, graduating in 1957 from Rockland High School.

    Posted: Tue, 02/05/2019 - 1:30pm
  • John A. Smegal, obituary

    SPRUCE HEAD — John A. Smegal, 62, died of cancer, Friday, February 1, 2019, at his beloved home in Spruce Head.   

    John was one of four children of John E. and Assunta T. (Arci) Smegal and was raised in Farrell, a small town in western Pennsylvania.

    Posted: Mon, 02/04/2019 - 4:30pm
  • Willis “Bill” D. Hodson, notice

    CAMDEN — Willis “Bill” D. Hodson, 92, husband of the late Jean (Smith) Hodson, died on Sunday, February 3, 201,9 at Bella Point in Camden. 

    A complete obituary will be published later. 

    Condolences and memories may be shared with Bill’s family at  

    Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.  

    Posted: Mon, 02/04/2019 - 4:30pm
  • M. Frances Escorsio, obituary

    ROCKLAND – M. Frances Escorsio, 91, died peacefully, Thursday, January 31, 2019, at the Knox Center for Long Term Care.

    Born in Camden, January 13, 1928, she was the daughter of Milton L. and Marjorie King Prescott.   She attended Camden schools and was a 1946 graduate of Camden High School.

    Posted: Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00pm
  • James Miller Packard, obituary

    UNION - James Miller Packard passed away Wednesday, January 30, after a three year battle with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Monroe, Maine to Raymond Gilmore Packard and Alice Wadlin Packard on January 25, 1943. 

    Posted: Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:30am
  • Howard B. Stetson, obituary

    WARREN - Howard B. Stetson, 93, of Warren, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving sister, Margaret and his caregivers Brenda, Joanne, Sandra, Deborah and Kate on January 30, 2019.

    Posted: Fri, 02/01/2019 - 1:15pm
  • Marguerite M. Linscott, obituary

    WASHINGTON-  Marguerite M. Linscott, 72, passed away unexpectedly at the Sussman House, on January 31, 2019. 

    Marguerite was born in Washington, Maine to Robert R. Linscott and Doris Finn Linscott.  Marguerite attended Union High School where she graduated valedictorian, Class of 1964.   Marguerite continued on to become a hairdresser and she taught at Central Beauty School in Augusta, Maine.  Her students gave her the nickname “teach.”

    Posted: Fri, 02/01/2019 - 10:00am
  • Larry Reeves, obituary

    THOMASTON — “We miss him already,” reads the note from friends at Radio Station WRFR in Rockland where, until recently, Larry Reeves hosted a weekly three-hour music broadcast. The sentiment was echoed repeatedly last week as news of his death spread throughout Rockland and Thomaston.

    Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 - 6:45pm
  • Eleanor Jackson Kinney, obituary

    SPRUCE HEAD — Eleanor Jackson Kinney, 77, was called home early, January 29, 2019, after completing her epic battle with cancer.

    She was born April 16, 1941, to Mary Payson Joy and Parker Jackson at their South Thomaston home.

    Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 - 6:45pm
  • Robert M. Linscott, obituary

    UNION — Robert M. Linscott passed away suddenly at his home in Union on January 30, 2019.  

    Bob was born on May 24, 1935, in Washington, Maine, to Robert and Doris (Finn) Linscott. Bob was educated in Washington and graduated from Union High School in 1954.

    Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 - 1:15pm
  • Robert M. Linscott, notice

    UNION — Robert M. Linscott, 83, of Union, passed away unexpectedly on January 30, 2019, at his home.

    Visits will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Hall’s of Waldoboro, and a funeral service will be held Saturday, at 2 p.m., at Hall’s of Waldoboro, 949 Main Street, Waldoboro, Maine.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s name to the Union Fire Department, P.O. Box 186, Union, Maine 04862.

    Posted: Wed, 01/30/2019 - 4:30pm
  • Dorothy E. Payson, obituary

    SOUTH THOMASTON — Dorothy E. ‘Dot’ Payson, 81, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Sussman Hospice House in Rockport.

    Born in Rockport, May 5, 1937, she was the daughter of Joseph and Myrtie Corr Conant. Dot was educated in Warren Schools.

    Dot was a strong woman and in her later years enjoyed doing cross-word puzzles. She will be sadly missed by all who loved her.

    Posted: Wed, 01/30/2019 - 3:45pm
  • Bodine J. (MacDonald) Ames, notice

    VINALHAVEN — Bodine J. (MacDonald) Ames, 83, of Vinalhaven, passed away on January 23, 2019 in Rockport. 

    She was born on January 28, 1935 in Rockland. 

    A full obituary will follow. 

    Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, Belfast, ME. 

    Memories and condolences may be offered to the family at

    Posted: Tue, 01/29/2019 - 5:30pm
  • Joan (De Castro) Lake, obituary

    ROCKLAND — Joan (De Castro) Lake, 81, beloved wife and mother of five children, passed away after a short illness on Saturday, January 26, with members of her family at her side.

    Joan was born on September 14, 1937, in Rockland to the late Mary (Escorsio) and Frank DeCastro. She graduated from Rockland High School in 1955.

    Posted: Tue, 01/29/2019 - 5:30pm
  • Barbara J. Staples, obituary

    ROCKLAND — Barbara J. Staples, 71, passed away Friday, January 25, 2019, at her McLoud Street home, after experiencing a year of medical issues and hospitalizations.

    Born in Rockland, June 5, 1947, she was the daughter of Valmore Greenlaw, Sr., and Dorothy May Hutchinson Blastow. 

    Posted: Mon, 01/28/2019 - 4:00pm
  • Penny Sherwood, obituary

    NEWCASTLE — Penny Sherwood passed away after a long illness on January 26, 2019.  

    Posted: Mon, 01/28/2019 - 2:45pm
  • Colleen M. York, obituary

    SEARSPORT — Colleen M. York, 94, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 26, 2019.  

    Born in Prospect on December 17, 1924, she was the daughter of James Sumner and Clytie (George) Nickerson. Her mother and father moved to Searsport in 1927 to what used to be known as the “Nickerson Tavern” and was a life-long resident of that town.

    Posted: Mon, 01/28/2019 - 2:30pm
  • George “Skip” W. Lambertson Jr., obituary

    SOUTH THOMASTON — George “Skip” W. Lambertson Jr., 84, passed away peacefully of natural causes Monday, January 7, 2019.

    Posted: Mon, 01/28/2019 - 2:30pm
  • Nancy M. Soule, obituary

    WALDOBORO — Nancy Mary Soule, 74, of Waldoboro, passed away peacefully at home on January 25, 2019, surrounded by her loving family, after a short bout with illness.

    Posted: Mon, 01/28/2019 - 2:15pm
  • Jean M. Evans, obituary

    “Kindness is like the snow,

    It beautifies everything it covers”

    – handwritten on a tiny piece of paper in Jean Evans’ mass of cards and papers

    Posted: Fri, 01/25/2019 - 5:15pm
  • Eric H. Davis, obituary

    OWLS HEAD — Eric H. Davis of Owls Head, Maine, lost his long and courageous battle with Cancer on January 24, 2019. He passed away at the Sussman Hospice House in Rockport, surrounded by family and his partner, Bonnie. 

    Posted: Fri, 01/25/2019 - 4:30pm
  • Shane Steeves, obituary

    NOBLEBORO — Shane Steeves, 54, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack on January 21, 2019.

    Posted: Fri, 01/25/2019 - 4:30pm
  • Marsha D. Rome, obituary

    PORT CLYDE — Marsha D. Rome, 71, died peacefully at home, with her beloved husband at her side, Sunday, January 20, 2019.  

    Born in Rockland, March 28, 1947, she was the daughter of Merrill and Virginia Kinney Wall. Attending St. George Schools, Marsha was a 1965 graduate of Georges Valley High School.

    Posted: Thu, 01/24/2019 - 3:15pm
  • Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Sanborn, obituary

    BELFAST — Elizabeth “Betty” Sanborn, 89, died on January 19 with her family by her side in the Hospice room at WCGH. 

    She was born on May 25, 1929 in North Searsport, the daughter of Freeman Owen Marden and Nellie Carter Marden.

    Betty attended school in North Searsport until seventh grade when her family moved to Belfast. She graduated from Crosby High School, class of 1947. 

    Posted: Wed, 01/23/2019 - 3:30pm
  • Steven K. Sanner, notice

    MONTVILLE — Steven K. Sanner, 57, of Union passed away on January 15, 2019 in Montville. 

    A memorial service with reception to follow will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave, Belfast, ME 04915. 

    Memories may be shared with the family at

    Posted: Wed, 01/23/2019 - 2:45pm
  • Frank Stearns, Sr., obituary

    CAMDEN — Frank Erwin Stearns, Sr., 85, died after a long illness, Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Sussman Hospice House in Rockport with his family at his side.  

    Born in Camden, August 24, 1933, he was the son of Harry and Mable Payson Stearns.  

    Posted: Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:15am
  • Carl Richard Soderberg, Jr., obituary

    CAMDEN — C. Richard (“Dick”) Soderberg, an accomplished engineer and businessman, a lifelong sailor and craftsman, and a devoted husband and father, died on November 29 in Camden, Maine. He was 95 and had moved last spring from his Camden home to Quarry Hill.

    He died in Sussman House due to complications from heart failure.

    Carl Richard Soderberg, Jr., was born on January 2,1923, to Stina Lofstedt and Carl Richard Soderberg, Sr., in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Posted: Mon, 01/21/2019 - 4:00pm
  • Walter “Joey” Brochu, Jr., notice

    THOMASTON — Walter Joseph Brochu, Jr., 38, known to many as Joey, often nicknamed Wally, died peacefully, following a courageous battle with cancer, Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Sussman Hospice House in Rockport.

    A celebration of Joey’s life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the Masonic Temple in Thomaston.  

    Interment will be held in the spring.

    Posted: Mon, 01/21/2019 - 4:00pm
  • Joseph Plaskas, Jr., obituary

    ROCKPORT — Joseph P. Plaskas, Jr. – Whoever said records were made to be broken underestimated the athletic prowess of Joe Plaskas.

    In 1959, Plaskas was the Northern Illinois University all-conference starting pitcher, yet he also set the conference record with a .455 batting average.

    Posted: Mon, 01/21/2019 - 3:45pm
  • Walter Wooster Sr., obituary

    ROCKLAND — Walter William Wooster Sr., 76, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Friday, January 4, 2019 after many years of living with COPD.

    Born in Rockport on February 6, 1942, he was the son of Carl and Alberta Larrabee Wooster.  

    Posted: Sun, 01/20/2019 - 3:15pm
  • June Louise Robinson Fleck, obituary

    THOMASTON - June Louise Robinson Fleck, 91, widow of Leslie C. Fleck passed away in Belfast, Maine on January 16th, 2019. June was born at home in Thomaston on June 28th, 1927 to parents Harold Archibald Robinson and Vera Averall Moore Robinson. 

    June was a 1945 graduate of Thomaston High School.

    Posted: Fri, 01/18/2019 - 2:15pm