Karen E. (Fenton) Sweeney

GORHAM, ME - Karen Elizabeth (Fenton) Sweeney of Gorham, ME and formerly of Presque Isle, ME passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the age of 83 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House surrounded by her loving family.

Karen was born January 27, 1935 in Richmond, Michigan to Kenneth and Katherine (Watson) Fenton. She attended Richmond High and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education at Eastern Michigan University. She taught elementary school in Michigan, Ohio and finally at Gouldville Elementary School in Presque Isle, ME where she taught fifth grade for many years and continued to volunteer in the same classrooms after her retirement in 1990.

She was particularly proud that many of the students she taught in elementary school returned to visit her through their high school years and afterwards, to express their appreciation for her service to them in their earlier years. Karen was also particularly fond of the many dogs and cats she included in her life, particularly her small dogs, which were always by her side. She also enjoyed visiting with her family in Southern Maine.

Karen is predeceased by her husband William E Sweeney Sr. of Presque Isle, ME and her twin brother Keith Fenton of Richmond, MI. She leaves behind her children Matthew Davies of Westbrook, ME, Leslie A Nee and partner Jerry Farina of Gorham, ME and Dana K Davies and husband Tim Shelley of Gray, ME. Karen also leaves behind her grandchildren Jasmine Smith, Brianna Nee, Shannon Nee and Fiona Nee, all of Gorham, ME, as well as her great-grandchildren Ella and Calvin Stuart of Gorham, ME.

Per Karen’s wishes, there will be a private graveside service attended by family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Karen’s life on Sunday July 22, 2018 at one o’clock at the home of Leslie Nee, 10 Beverly Lane, Gorham, ME.

If desired, you may make donations in lieu of flowers in honor of Karen to the Houlton Humane Society, 263 Callaghan Rd, Houlton, ME 04730


William J. Countey

It is with great sadness that the family of William James Countey announces his passing after a brief illness, on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the age of 63 years.   

Having moved often while growing up, Bill planted roots in New Hampshire to raise a loving and active family, before living out the rest of his life quietly in Maine.  He maintained a love of being with, and understanding all things in nature, hunting, tinkering, as well as a God-given gift with pencil, oils, and watercolor on canvas. 

Bill will be lovingly remembered by his Mother, Irene Countey, his children, Christina (Dan) Gorgone, William (Melissa) Countey, and Thomas (Stephanie) Countey, and their mother, Brenda (Cathy) Countey. Bill will also be fondly remembered by his five grandchildren, Trey, Aiden, Alexia, Charlie, and Camden and by his siblings, James (Linda) Countey, Kathleen Haddock, Dorothy (George) Gies, Patrick (Stacie) Countey, Debra Robinson, John Countey, Robert (Kathy) Countey, Edward (Michele) Countey, and Barbara Countey. Bill was preceded in death by his father, Robert Countey, and his brother, David Countey.  Bill also leaves behind many cousins, nephews, and nieces. 

Bill’s desire was to return, as ash, to the New England earth he coveted and stewarded the best he could, wishing that no formal ceremony be held. 

Donald R. Beeler

Portland, ME – Donald R. Beeler, 84, of Portland died peacefully on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Mercy Hospital.  He was the husband of Beverly A. (Skillin) Beeler. 


He was born on July 3, 1934 in Portland, ME a son of the late Walter C. and Mabel E. (Roberge) Beeler.  He grew up in Portland, attending local area schools. 


Don worked for over twenty years for Knowlton Machine Company, retiring in 2002.  He also served in the National Guard in South Portland for eight years.  Don enjoyed many outdoor activities as long as he was surrounded by family and friends. 


Besides his wife of sixty-two years, he is survived by his children Ann Wilmot and her husband Gary and Dawn Beeler both of Portland, Kathleen Crawford and her husband Scott of Westbrook and Nancy Beeler and her partner Dan Boissonneault of Portland.  He also leaves five grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  He was also the father of the late Eric John Beeler, grandfather of the late Daniel Sangillo, brother of the late Charles C. Beeler, the late Louise Blanchard and the late Anna Stevens. 


Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Forest City Cemetery, 232 Lincoln Street, South Portland, ME. 

(Iris) Elaine W. Purington

Gray, ME - (Iris) Elaine Whitten Purington, was born in Boston on June 28, 1927, daughter of Ralph and Margaret Whitten.  Elaine moved to Portland at the age of 12 and went to the Cummings School and then Deering High School graduating in 1943.  She married Donald Purington in 1949 and raised four children in the house they built in her father’s vegetable garden on Jackson St.   

They summered in the camp they built on Little Sebago Lake in Gray. She worked as a secretary for Union Mutual (UNUM), Travelers Insurance, Nelson & Small, and the Portland Water District. She was a Boy Scout Den Mother and Girl Scout Troop Leader for several years. She was a long time member of the North Deering Congregational Church.  

Elaine was predeceased by her parents and brothers, Ralph Henry Whitten, Jr. and Carl Ernest Whitten, as well as her husband, Donald Purington.  

She is survived by her brothers, David “Pete” Whitten and his wife Cheryl of Florida and Richard Whitten and his wife Mary Ellen of Oregon. She also leaves her four children; Stephen Purington and his wife, Alice, Karen White and her partner Ed Getty, Lisa Jordan and her husband Wayne and Susan Marean and her husband Steve; as well as six grandchildren; Jim and Joe White, Andrea Laskey and Kim Bickford, and Wesley and Chase Marean, three great grandchildren, Emily White, Forrest and Iris Laskey and many nieces and nephews across the country.


Friends & family are invited to camp on August 3, 2018 at 4 p.m. for a celebration of Elaine’s life.

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

Little Sebago Lake Association

PO Box 912

Windham, ME 04062-0912

Sharon L. (MacCormack)

Cumberland, ME - Sharon L. (MacComack) Rushton, beloved wife and mother, 68, a long time resident of Cumberland died on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.  She was the wife of Arthur J. Rushton Jr.

She was born in Portland, ME on February 6, 1950 a daughter of the late Walter MacCormack & Rosalie (Wallace) MacCormack.  She graduated from Greely High School and was a State Diving Champion in 1967 and 1968.

Sharon taught costuming for modern dance for a good number of years at Brockport State in New York, University of Ohio and Athens Ohio College.  She then spent her final twenty three years before retiring at LL Beans.

She loved her flower garden and enjoyed bird watching; she could be found interacting with fellow parishioners, but loved her family above all.

Besides her mother and husband Sharon is survived her daughter Elizabeth Rushton and her son David Rushton.  She also leaves her sister Janice Zarco and James and Chris Nelson.




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