Gorham, ME - Carol Ann Libby, 71, of Gorham ME, died on Monday, March 27, 2017.
She was born on August 6, 1945 in Portland, ME and was the youngest child and loving daughter of the late Clifton Willis and Margaret (Cummings) Libby. She grew up in Portland, attending local area schools and graduated from Bridgton High School, because of moving after her junior year at Deering High School.
She had a long rewarding career at Maine Medical Center in the accounting and medical records departments. She was described as a quiet, friendly, effective, and focused employee.
Carol was a lover of water and enjoyed swimming and boating whenever she could. She lived on Little Sebago Lake for several years and spent much time on Long Lake helping at the Long Lake Campsites with her family in North Bridgton, ME. She also took pleasure in being an aunt, entertaining, traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends and relatives.
Carol is survived by her sister Jacqueline (Libby) Dexter of St. Paul, MN, her nieces Jeri Ann Peddle, Linda Richard, Diane Small and Deborah Dexter, and her nephew David Dexter. She also leaves her grandnieces Christine Peddle, and Amelia Lonnes-Spatola, her grandnephews Stephen and Joshua Prescott, Nicholas Peddle, Andrew Lonnes and Thomas, Matthew, and Samuel Dexter as well as four great grand nephews and one great grandniece. She was also the sister of the late Cathleen (Libby) Small, who passed away on February 3, 2017
A graveside service and gathering will be held in early June in Harrison, ME with dates to be announced.
In lieu of flowers donations in Carol Ann’s memory can be made to:
Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
217 Landing Road
Westbrook, ME 04092
Lorna Gail Littlefield Salisbury, 72, died peacefully on April 5th, 2017 at Sedgewood Commons in Falmouth, Maine after a long illness.
Lorna was born July 21, 1944 at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH, the eldest daughter of Loriston and Lois (Goodwin) Littlefield. Lorna graduated from Wells High School in 1962. She attended the University of Maine at Orono and received a B.S. degree in Food and Nutrition. At college, she met her future husband Daniel Salisbury. They were married August 19, 1967 and they first lived in Syracuse, NY.
After Dan’s enlistment in the U.S. Air Force, basic training brought them to Colorado and Mississippi and then stationed them at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida where their only child Michael was born in August of 1969. After a four year assignment in the Air Force, they moved to Iowa for four years then returned to Maine in 1976 where they took up residence in the town of Madison.
Lorna truly loved sharing her joy of cooking with her family and friends. She baked homemade bread weekly and sold them to many customers in the community as well as bartered loaves of bread for apples at North Star Orchards in Madison. For many years, she wrote a cooking column for the Morning Sentinel newspaper and worked in the Redington Fairview General Hospital nutrition department. She also volunteered in the local elementary school helping students with reading. She loved to sing in the church choir with Dan and they enjoyed many motorcycle rides together. Tending to and enjoying flower gardens brought her much delight. She enjoyed writing and receiving letters from her high school and college friends.
Throughout her life Lorna managed living with a significant mental illness and she always did her absolute best to persevere through the challenging times. Dan and Lorna were an inspiration to many in their deep love and commitment to each other throughout their 41 year marriage. Lorna was immensely proud of her son and his family and her smile would light up the room whenever she saw them. After Dan’s passing in 2009, Lorna lived at Tissues Country Estates in Athens, Maine for three years and then moved to Sedgewood Commons in Falmouth, Maine to be closer to her son and family.
She was predeceased by her mother Lois (Goodwin) Littlefield, father Loriston Littlefield, her husband Daniel Salisbury and her brother David Littlefield. She is survived by her sister Jean (Littlefield) Smith of Ogunquit and her husband Jay Smith. Her son Michael Salisbury and his wife Juley (Norton) Salisbury of Freeport and her grandsons, Alec and Isaac along with many nieces and nephews.
A celebration service honoring the lives of Lorna, and her recently deceased brother David, will be held at their sister Jean's home in Ogunquit, Maine on Sunday, June 11th. Further details to be announced.
In lieu of flowers you can honor the 41 year loving marriage of Dan and Lorna by donating to the Daniel S. Salisbury Memorial Scholarship c/o RFGH, P.O. Box 468, Skowhegan, ME 04976.
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
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
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).