Portland, ME – Laurie Jean Renna, 59, a lifelong resident of Portland, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017 surrounded by her family at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough after a long illness. 

She was born in Portland, ME on October 10, 1957 a daughter of the late Joseph P. Renna and Evelyn (Hopkins) Renna of Westbrook.  She attended local area schools, graduating from Portland High School. 

Laurie loved to work; working for the Portland Hannaford and Foreside Harbor in Falmouth before retiring due to illness. 

Her best friend was her Mother, the family knew if they didn’t hear from them, that they were out shopping somewhere.  Laurie devoted her life to her son Johnny, the love of her life.  She enjoyed her family; all her nieces and nephews loved her and would be eager to hear her tell them stories.  She had a special gift for storytelling and could always make you laugh. 

Besides her mother, she is survived by her son Johnny Foster Jr. of Portland and her three sisters Tammy Coxe of Westbrook, Deborah Budroe and her husband Robert Grover of Windham and Rosalind Foster and her husband Gary of Westbrook as well as several nieces and nephews. 

The family would also like to extend their deepest thanks to her case worker Dan. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.

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

St. Jude’s Hospital

262 Danny Thomas Place 

Memphis, TN 38105

Portland, ME – Ida Mae Ramsdell, 56, of Portland died peacefully on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Barron Center in Portland.  She was the wife of the late William Cosgrove Jr. 

She was born in Eastport, ME on December 24, 1960 a daughter of the late Hazen L. & Lorraine M. (Cook) Ramsdell.  Ida grew up in Windsor Locks, CT and graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor’s in Human Services. 

Ida dedicated her life to social work; hold several jobs for non-profit organizations in CT helping the disabled, the deaf, woman after being released from prison and doing intake for addiction, among others.  She also volunteered her time for Vista Volunteers, which is a program that helps the deaf to read.  

She was also an avid New England Patriots fan, always routing for “her Patriots”. 

She is survived by four children, Amanda Weibring and her husband Joseph of Tacoma, WA, Stephen Ramsdell and his wife Mindy of Queens Creek, AZ, William Norris Cosgrove III of Ft. Walton Beach, FL and Corrine Cosgrove of Calais, ME.  She also leaves eleven grandchildren Chad, Jakob, Stevie, Bree, Megan, Raven, Nevaeh, William IV “Beeb”, Rhianna, Brendon and Jocelyn as well as a sister Shirley Ramsdell of West Hartford, CT and a niece Laurel Newman of Boston, MA.  She was also the sister of the late David Ramsdell, who died in November 2006. 

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

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

Alzheimer’s Association of Maine

383 US Route One, Suite 2C 

Scarborough, ME 04074

Westbrook, ME – Edward A. “Groovy Ed” Bailey Jr., 62, of Westbrook, ME passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 2, 1954, the beloved son of Fay (St. Pierre) Bailey of Yarmouth and the late Edward A. Bailey Sr.

Ed or “Groove” as he was sometimes called, grew up in South Portland, where he attended local area schools, enjoyed playing little league, riding his bike and looking for snakes. 

As a teenager, Ed enjoyed music and learned how to play the guitar, even buying his younger brother Steve his very first guitar. During the 70's, Ed could be found practicing magic; he would entertain family and friends with his magic skills. Ed was a skilled boxer, enjoyed playing college football cards, and was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan. He especially enjoyed playing cribbage and fishing, taking his granddaughter MyKayla on her very first fishing trip at the age of five. He was also on a dart team for several years. 

Ed, known by some as “Hoss” worked for many years as a machinist for the shoe shop industry.  He was most recently employed by Maine Medical Center Environmental Services. Back in his “shoe shop days” Ed often enjoyed “kicking back a few” after work with his friends.

Ed was a kind soul and will always be remembered as being a hard worker, laid back, easy going and a lover of peace.

Ed is survived by a daughter Michelle M. Bailey and her fiancé Brian Perkins, a son Shawn E. Bailey and his grandchildren Mykayla C. Bailey, Caleb M. Bailey, Colin E. Bailey, Layne D. Bailey and Addelaide A. Cloutier.  He also leaves his siblings Steve Bailey Sr. and his fiancé Jessica Hines, Colin Bailey and his wife Toni, Michael Bailey and his wife Patty and RaeJean Bailey, also his Aunt Lynn St. Pierre of Illinois as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and his “Brother from another Mother” Mike Plummer.  He was also the father of the late Christina L. Bailey and the grandfather of the late Khloe P. Bailey and Brian Perkins Jr. He was also predeceased by his best friend Andrew Levesque. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 4 p.m. at Profenno’s Bar & Grill (upstairs) 934 Main Street, Westbrook, ME. 

Falmouth, ME - Karen Alice Chagnon, 63, of Falmouth, Maine, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on March 30, 2017, at home and in the presence of her husband and family after an 8 ½ year battle with appendiceal cancer. She lived her life in faith, grace, and integrity as she walked humbly with her God. 

Born on September 8, 1953, in Beverly, Massachusetts, Karen is the daughter of Mary E. Maxwell and Roger E. Chagnon. Karen and her husband, David W. Sandberg, were married on May 16, 1992, in Keene, New Hampshire, and would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary next month. 

Her profession as a registered dietician included working at Boston City and Newton-Wellesley hospitals, teaching at Keene State College, and consulting at Southern Maine Agency on Aging and in her private practice. Karen was a true servant of God and selfless with her time. Her volunteer activities included serving as a deaconess, working in her church food pantry and office, aiding Africans seeking political asylum, cataloging for the library at New England Bible College, and volunteering with the Luis Palau Crusade and the Root Cellar. 

Karen is survived by her husband, David Sandberg, of Falmouth; her mother, Mary Chagnon of Concord, New Hampshire; her sister, Ellen Chagnon (Edward Boiteau) of Mountain Home, Arkansas; and her brother, Thomas Chagnon (Cynthia) of Bow, New Hampshire. Karen was a loving Auntie to her nieces Katie Boiteau and Sylvie Stacy and her nephews Jeffrey Chagnon, Steven Chagnon, and Brian Chagnon. 

There will be a memorial service for Karen on Sunday, April 2, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 360 Canco Road, in Portland.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the food pantry at First Baptist Church in Portland or to Compassion International (www.compassion.com).

Lewiston, ME - Karen J. (Kay) Brown of Lewiston passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at CMMC with her family by her side from complications from a long illness. Karen was only 59.

Karen was born in Waltham, Massachusetts the middle of 5 children to Alfred W. and Constance J, Kay. She loved to cook, crochet, the ocean and her family, especially her 4 legged children. She always went out of her way to help those in need and to think of others and animals before herself. She had a really big heart.

Karen was a 1975 graduate of Montpelier High School and held a bachelor’s degree in science from Vermont College, Montpelier, Vermont. She worked as a Lab Technician for over 30 years at various places in MA and ME.

Karen will be greatly missed by her sister Vickie of Minot, mother Connie, husband David and her 3 dogs. Life will not be the same and much sadder without her in it.

She was predeceased by her father Alfred W. who she missed so much and has joined now after almost 30 years.

Karen is survived by her husband David, 4 legged kids Ellie May, Casey and Josie; his Sisters Vickie Olfene and her husband Todd of Minot and Leslie Rose and husband Robert of West End, NC; his Brother Peter Kay of New Port New, VA and 5 nieces, 1 nephew, 3 grandnieces and 2 grandnephews.

The Family would like to thank the wonderful nursing staff on Y3 for helping Karen and the family during this very sad time.

In her memory, Karen would like people to donate to their local ASPCA.

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