Lewiston, ME - Eric E. Hirshler, a longtime Granville resident who had retired to Lewiston, Maine, died August 30, 2017, at age 93. He loved art museums and cathedrals, Roman ruins and archeology, old master drawings and early modern German painting, opera and classical music. He loved to learn. He is much missed by his many friends and by those whose lives he expanded.
Married for fifty-one years to Marilyn Nair Hirshler (1931-2004), he was the son of Lewiston physician and surgeon Dr. Max Hirshler and Dr. Helene Hirshler. Born in Germany in 1924, Hirshler came to Maine in December 1938; he earned his BA at Bowdoin College (1946) and his MA and PhD degrees at Yale University. In the 1950s he worked in New York City at the United Restitution Organization, at UNESCO, and at the Leo Baeck Institute; he also began his long career as a professor, first at Rutgers University (Newark) and at Brooklyn College.
In 1959 he joined the faculty of Denison University, where he first taught German language and literature (1959-1965) and then became Professor of Art History (1966-1989); he served as Chair of the Art Department from 1965 to 1972 and director of the art gallery from 1967 to 1970. During a leave from Denison, he was Chair of the Department of Art History at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada (1972-1974). Fascinated by human history, Hirshler spent several summers as the principal investigator of the archeological excavations in Sremska Mitrovica (Sirmium), in Serbia. He was the author and editor of the book Jews from Germany in the United States and he wrote a number of articles and numerous book reviews for academic journals. He was the recipient of grants from the Kress Foundation, the Lilly Foundation, and the Denison Research Foundation.
Professor Hirshler returned to Lewiston following his retirement in 1989. He volunteered at the Bowdoin Museum of Art and occasionally offered lectures at Bates College. He was a dedicated Friend of the Lewiston Public Library, serving on the Board of that association and establishing the Marilyn N. Hirshler Book Fund to support the library’s acquisition of books about art and architecture.
His intellectual curiosity never waned, and he shared it with his favorite caregivers at Aging Excellence and, during his last week of life, with the merciful women at Hospice House in Auburn. His last regret was his unfinished book review about Austrian artist Egon Schiele. Dr. Hirshler is survived by his daughter Erica Hirshler, a senior curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and her husband, Harold Clark.
A private memorial will be held this fall. Donations in his memory to the Marilyn N. Hirshler Book Fund at the Lewiston Public Library (200 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME 04240) would be welcomed.
Portland, ME. Mary Smith Woodman MacMinn, 95, died August 27, 2017 at Cedars nursing facility.
Mary was born on August 27, 1922 in West Buxton, ME. She was the daughter of Fred and Abby Smith. Mary attended local schools and was graduated from Buxton High School. She was employed at Owen Moore department store in Portland as a fashion designer and sales coordinator. Mary moved to New York City and was employed at Munsingwear Hosiery Co. as Vice President of Sales.
She enjoyed arts and crafts. One of her hobbies was interior decorating. Her later years were spent at her home at Higgins Beach in the summer and Florida in the winter.
She was preceded by her first husband, Sumner Woodman of Bar Mills, and her baby daughter Susan, as well as her parents, sisters, Helen Dean, Louise Leavitt, Sarah Smith Huff Johnson, and brother Philip Smith.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
As per her request, Mary will be cremated and her ashes will be scattered near her childhood home in Buxton and the family plot in Hollis.
There will be no services.
Scarborough, ME - William S. Davis, 80, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, died Friday morning, August 25, 2017 at the Scarborough Terrace.
William was born in Portland to John and Agnes McAvoy Davis and graduated from Cheverus High School in 1955. He attended St. Francis Xavier College for his undergraduate degree, going on to receive his Masters of Science in Education and Masters of Art in Public Policy from the University of Southern Maine.
A beloved English teacher, Bill taught at Bonny Eagle High School, where he was also assistant track coach, and at the Maine Youth Center, now known as Long Creek Youth Development Center. During his time at MYC Bill was an outspoken advocate for the youth he taught and worked tirelessly to better their opportunities.
Bill was also incredibly passionate about social justice and volunteer work. In addition to his work focused on restorative justice he supported food and educational programs in Haiti and volunteered at the Maine Medical Center, St. Bartholomew's Parish and Wayside Food Kitchen.
Bill was a devoted father and grandfather who gave endless love and received it in return. He loved classical music, reading, theater, and baseball, especially those “Damn Yankees.” During his life he could often be seen at Fort Williams and Two Lights State Park.
He is survived by sons John and Christopher Davis, daughter Nancy Keast, her husband Mark, and three grandchildren Jessica, Megan, and Matthew. He was predeceased by son James Davis and partner Blanche Mack-Davis.
A service will be held at Saint Bartholomew's Parish, 8 Two Lights Road in Cape Elizabeth on Monday, September 4, 2017 at noon, with a Celebration of Life to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
Wayside Food Programs
PO Box 1278
Portland, ME 04104
Portland, ME - Joanne M. Stitham – Willis, 77, passed on Saturday, August 26th after a very long illness.
Born in Portland Maine on April 28th, 1940 to Francis Stitham, Joanne grew up with her three brothers, William Stitham, (who predeceased her in 2012), Richard Stitham from South Carolina, and, her baby brother Randall Stitham from Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
She lived for many years in Presque Isle Maine, where she graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1960. Joanne was closest to the Thomas Family who loved her as their own, with Dawn Thomas-Grover being her closest lifelong friend.
She also lived in Boston, MA for ten years before relocating to Richmond VA in 1978. She worked at MCV in transportation and the Mackie Vending Co, as well as Meals on Wheels before becoming a CNA from the Beatitudes School. She worked in geriatric nursing for many years before becoming a home care assistant.
Joanne leaves her four children, Dawn Saulnier-LaBelle of Feeding Hills MA, Sherry Saulnier, James Willis and Nicole Willis, all of Richmond VA. Joanne had so many close friends, who she always treated as her family. She was the proud grandmother of Ashley Saulnier, Joanna Willis, Jasmine Willis, James and Joshua Willis-Hatcher, Jena Willis-Hatcher, Malik Willis, Julieana Hernandez, Jayana Hernandez, Ciara and Haylee Abrams, James Shepperson, Samantha Moseley, Angelo Williams, and Anthony Williams. She also leaves four nieces and a nephew.
Joanne moved back home to Portland in 2008. She was involved with the Senior Center and was often going on their trips to shows, the beach, and to Boston. She often made beautiful handmade crocheted blankets for hospital patients, family and friends.
Joanne loved the snow and, until last year, was always found outside making snow angels as soon as a storm had ended. She often listened to K.D. Lang and played Angry Birds to pass the time when she was home bound.
Joanne's family would like you to know how grateful they are to her son, James Willis, who relocated to Maine and took great care of his mother for the last six months, always being by her side. We appreciate your selflessness so very much and we are proud of the care you gave every day.
Funeral Arrangements are incomplete at this time
FALMOUTH, ME - Cheryl Ann Nanos passed away at home on August 19, 2017, following a courageous three-month battle with a glioblastoma brain tumor. She was born January 21, 1951, to Jane (Hodgdon) and Frank J. Nanos in Westbrook, Maine. Cheryl graduated from Deering High School in 1969, and completed post-secondary studies at USM. As a young girl, she enjoyed the friendship and travel of both the Portland Assembly #1 Order of the Rainbow for girls and the Corner Stone chapter.
A highly imaginative and witty mind guided Cheryl throughout life. Smiling, singing, and dancing with Portland Co-Opera, Lyric Theatre, and the Woodfords Congregational Church choir, she put her talents into her work and volunteer environments — including Woodfords Church boards and committees. Perhaps the capital campaign fundraising, including reconstruction of the church’s Wicks Organ, was a favorite moment.
The art departments and production management for various print shops (Casco Print, Seavey Printers, Union Mutual’s print shop) were home to Cheryl’s many skills in the graphic arts field. This Yankee girl even went south to Columbia, SC for UNUM/Colonial Life in the late 90s for a two-year stint to set up a new print/mail distribution center there. Cheryl’s L.L. Bean career began in 2001, as a Senior Supervisor in Distribution. She was promoted to Assistant Manager, Distribution Operations in 2012; in 2014, she joined L.L. Bean Security as Operations Manager.
Cheryl’s unique gift was her ability to inspire people to always reach higher, to listen to one another, and work together. Quick with a joke and a smile, her earthly presence will be missed by many friends, co-workers, family, and animals. We’re sure Cheryl and her horse Buster are now together trotting through lush green fields.
Cheryl leaves behind her partner Julie Motherwell; sister Pam Barrows; brother Paul Nanos, niece Rebecca Barrows and her partner Tommy Bailey, and grandniece Madison; nephew David Nanos; and fabulous neighbors and friends who stepped up to help Cheryl’s life changes be easier ones.
We are especially grateful to the VNA Home Health Hospice professionals, and to Theresa Gray and Brandi Greene of ‘The Girls at Home Care’ for their gentle caring of Cheryl as she neared her final journey.
As Cheryl requested, there will be no public services.
Donations in her memory: a cancer research center of your choice; Woodfords Church music program (www.woodfordschurch.org), 202 Woodford St., Portland, ME 04103; MSSPA, Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (msspa.org), 279 River Rd., So Windham, ME 04062; or VNA Home Health Hospice (vnahomehealth.org), 144 State St., Portland, ME 04101.