Portland, ME – Rhonda L. (Wilbur) Cheek, 60, of Westbrook passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Mercy Hospital. She was the wife of the late Wally Cheek Jr., who died just eight months ago.
She was born in South Portland, ME on October 25, 1957, she was a daughter of proud Irish descendants, the late Ronald L. and Marilyn (Denbow) Wilbur. Rhonda was home taught, going on to receive several college credits.
She worked in landscaping and was a property and engineer manager in the Jacksonville Beaches area for many years.
Rhonda enjoyed being a wife and caring, cooking and baking for her husband, Wally. She was a detailed and humorous story teller and was passionate about the Jacksonville Parks and Beaches. She also enjoyed bike riding, camping and all the wildlife that came with it.
She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Beth A. Damian and her husband Victor of Westbrook, ME and Ruth Leathers and her husband Jody of Sangerville, ME as well as Ruth’s children April Noble of Rector, AR, Sally Decker of Sangerville, ME and Sandy Hoitsma and her husband Mike of Vilonia, AR.
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
May the rains fall soft upon your fields,
and until we meet again.....
May God hold you in the palm of Her hand.
There will be no formal funeral services, Rhonda would want to be remembered lovingly at your own will and on your own time. Loved always and forever.
In lieu of flowers or donations, spread kindness and compassion to all things and open your heart to what is and what can be.
Scarborough and Presque Isle - Frank H. Bishop Sr., age 73, of Scarborough, Maine, formerly of Presque Isle, passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018. He died peacefully in the presence of his wife and family after having lived a full and wonderful life.
Frank and his identical twin, James Alden Bishop Jr., were born on October 19, 1944 in Presque Isle, Maine. He was the son of Frances Hamilton Bishop and James Alden Bishop Sr. At the time of his birth, Frank's father was a Lieutenant and PT Boat Commander in the South Pacific during World War II and would not get to see his twin boys until they were two years old.
Frank lived for much of his youth on Barton Street, attended Presque Isle schools and graduated with honors from Presque Isle High School in 1962. At PIHS, Frank was a varsity player in cross-country, basketball and baseball. One of his proudest accomplishments was an upset victory against the Stearns Minutemen, a team which went on to win the New England championships.
Frank attended the University of Maine and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 1966 and an M.A. in 1969. While at the University of Maine he was a proud member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. He also received his J.D. from the Maine School of Law in 1971. More importantly, he met his wife, Barbara H. MacBride of Presque Isle at the University of Maine and married her in June of 1970. Frank often reminisced about his high school, college, graduate school and law school experiences, and made many close and lifelong friends during these years.
After graduating from the Maine School of Law, Frank practiced law from 1971 until retiring in 2018. In his legal career, Frank focused his practice on civil matters of all kinds, particularly personal injury cases. He was also adept in criminal defense, family law and real estate matters. As a lawyer, Frank was known among Maine attorneys not only for his legal skills, but also for his fair and collegial demeanor. He was particularly proud of the time he spent working on pro bono cases for financially disadvantaged clients and for clients who were down on their luck.
Frank loved sports, in particular the Presque Isle Wildcats and the Boston Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins and the New England Patriots. He attended thousands of PIHS Wildcat boys and girls basketball, soccer, and softball games over the years and could recite the starting lineups of generations of Wildcat teams in any sport. He played golf for much of his life, but in his later years he also loved walking and kayaking. He was an avid collector of records, particularly 45s, and loved to listen to music and share his favorite songs with friends and family.
Frank was a proud a proud "County Boy" and lived in Presque Isle for most of his life. He possessed a deep knowledge of the local and family history and loved to tell stories. He had wonderful memories of his golfing trips to Sugarloaf over the years with his twin brother Jim, his special childhood friend, Zeke Akeley, and others. His happiest days were spent with his wife and family at the camp at Portage Lake and his family homestead in Presque Isle. He and Barbara also had many happy and memorable trips to the Caribbean Islands and the Florida Keys.
Frank's memorial service will be held at Black Point Cemetery in Scarborough, Maine at 1 PM on Saturday, October 13. A reception will follow at the home of Frank H. Bishop Jr. immediately after the service.
Frank's family would like to thank the VNA nurses of Scarborough for their help in the last few days of his life.
Frank was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife Barbara of Scarborough; his brother Jim of Carrabassett valley, his sister Elizabeth Bishop Hazlett of New Gloucester; his son Frank H. Bishop Jr. and wife Annie of South Portland; his son Bradford H. Bishop and wife Sara of Sharon, Massachusetts; his daughter Marigan F. Bishop Cribbe and husband Casey of Saco; and his son Joseph A. Bishop of New York, New York and many other family members and friends. He loved his grandchildren, Wilhelmina Scherer, Henry Bishop, Whitman Bishop, Bellamy Bishop, Parker Bishop and Laurel Bishop and Royce and Braelin Cribbe.
South Portland, ME – Patricia M. Kenney, born Hannah Patricia May Warren, a lifelong resident of South Portland, ME, passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at the South Portland Nursing Home.
She was born on February 20, 1924 in South Portland a daughter of the late Franklin and Eva (O’Donnell) Warren. She graduated from ST. Joseph’s Academy in 1941; then went to work at the South Portland Shipyard during WWII as a telephone operator and moved onto a career at New England Telephone until retiring in 1972.
Patricia was an avid reader and historian; the public library would often order her requested book. Her ultimate dream career would have been as a librarian, which she was very quiet about. She certainly made up for that by always encouraging others to read, taking her children to the library and even her grandchildren to challenge themselves with learning.
She always loved a good joke and could talk about any subject right until she passed. She often amazed everyone and would correct us if we shared the wrong information about politics, finances or world happenings.
Patricia is survived by three daughters Suzanne Orlowski, Diane Collins and Tricia Hopkins and her husband Roy, a son Stephen Kenney and his wife Suzanne, six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She also leaves her sister Honora Greer. She was also the sister of the late Helena Anania, Franklin, Matthew and Tennyson Warren. In addition, the family extends her gratitude to her extended family at South Portland Nursing Home for the last eight years, they walked with her during her last life’s journey. She spent more time as a social butterfly with all the staff and kept track of everyone’s happenings as though they were all her family.
There will be no visiting or services, per her request. Her family will hold a private celebration of her life at a later date. Ma was the Fighting Irish, Boss until the end, doing it her way, and we will honor her request.
In her memory, donations may be made to:
The Staff library fund
South Portland Nursing Home
South Portland, ME 04106
Yarmouth, ME - Carlton F. Snow, 86, passed away peacefully on Sept. 27, 2018 at home in Yarmouth, Maine.
Carl was born on April 4, 1932 to Sally Ramsey Snow and Carl A. Snow. After graduating from Deering High School (Class of 1950) he attended Portland Jr. College for a short time prior to enlisting in the Navy. It was during this time he met his beloved wife Phebe and began his career at IBM. Phebe and Carl were married on January 31, 1959 and moved to Kingston NY. They enjoyed 58 years together, living in NY, VA, CT as Carl took on a succession of positions within IBM.
Carl was a problem solver in all aspects of his life. At IBM he started in field service but soon found his true calling in computer programming, helping develop information systems for major corporate and government clients. Carl continued programming even after retirement, working as a small business consultant, offering database design services.
A lifelong athlete, he ran eight marathons, hiked hundreds of miles, and skied weekly well into his early eighties. Carl was also an avid hobbyist who enjoyed building remote controlled cars, trucks, and boats.
In his retirement, Carl worked at Ace Hardware where he enjoyed helping others find that one special part that would make their project a success. He also greatly enjoyed trading stories at the “Liars Table,” a group of friends who would meet regularly for breakfast and conversation at the Mall.
Throughout his life Carl loved being at a family cabin known as “The Camp” each summer, sharing stories and good times with his immediate and extended families, including his children, siblings, cousins, and aunts and uncles.
Carl was predeceased by his wife, Phebe, and a sister, Katherine. He is survived by his daughter Lydia and husband Greg of Readfield and grandchildren Casey Leimbach, Michael (Diana) Leimbach, and Sandra (Russell) Bayreuther; his son Edward and wife Kathy and grandchildren Charlotte and Laura of Carlsbad, CA; three great-grandchildren; his sisters Francis and Sara and his brother, Stephen.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Falmouth, ME., Nancy N. Oliver, loving, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend, passed away of natural causes in Falmouth, Maine on September 28, 2018 at the age of 86.
Known as Bobbie, she had been a long-time resident of McLean, Virginia and Rochester, Vermont. Bobbie was born on November 20, 1931 in New York City. She grew up in Concord, MA, and attended the Winsor School, Concord Academy, Briarcliff College and the American University.
Bobbie was actively engaged in community activities and in helping others. She volunteered much of her time with library, the ambulance service, and the elderly. She made us all smile with her sense of humor, opinions, and determination in life. She was an accomplished horse-back rider, tennis player, cook, gardener, and loved her crosswords.
Bobbie is survived by her three children, Elizabeth (Lisa) Chapin of Washington, DC. Nancy (Nina) de Rochefort of Portland, ME, and Aldus (Chip) Chapin of New Canaan, CT. She is also survived by her sister, Harriet Gardner and two grandchildren, Leila and Nicolas de Rochefort.
A private burial will be held for Bobbie at the Seaview Cemetery, Rockport, Maine at a later date.