FREEPORT, ME – Gerard “Jerry” Lee Hamilton Sr., 74, passed away unexpectedly on April 24, 2018 at his home in Freeport.
Jerry was born on January 6, 1944 in Waterville. He was adopted by Clara and William Hamilton of Westbrook. He married the love of his life, Louise, on September 30, 1967 at St. Anne’s church in Gorham. The young couple settled in Westbrook where they had their son, Jerry Jr. and almost 18 years later, they had their daughter, Gina.
Jerry worked for the City of Westbrook for over 40 years. He was a Mason since 1981 from the Warren Phillips Lodge #186 in Westbrook. Jerry also enjoyed hobbies such as electronics. He loved fixing radios and TV’s. He also loved talking on his CB radio; he adopted the the handle “The Undertaker” which everyone knew him by. He also loved cars and would enjoy watching Velocity any time he could.
Jerry will be extremely missed by his wife of over 50 years, Louise Audet of Gorham; his daughter Gina Townsend and her husband Michael Townsend of Freeport; his son Gerard “Jerry” Hamilton Jr. and his wife Jody Hamilton of Gorham; and his sister, Bonnie Osgood of Wolfeboro, NH. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren Zackary, Zoey, and Zyla of Freeport; and McKenzie, Cassidy, and Maria of Gorham.
There will be a Celebration of Life on June 23, 2018 from 1pm-5pm at 21 Snowberry Drive, Gorham, ME.
Casco, ME - Roberta Dow Giampetruzzi, age 93, passed away peacefully at her daughter, Nina’s, home on Panther Pond in Raymond, Maine during the early morning hours of Friday, May 25, 2018.
Roberta was the first child of Mildred Plummer Dow and Robert E. Dow born October 13, 1924. She was born in Brunswick and raised in Augusta. She had one sister, Arolyn Dow Antognoni.
From an early age, Roberta demonstrated a strong curiosity or learning and academics and a force of will to set and accomplish goals. She often recalled with pride an early success to become the first chair violinist in the Cony High School orchestra. She received Bachelor of Arts Degree in Romance Languages from the University of Maine, Orono.
Roberta met Nino Giampetruzzi at UMO and they married in 1946. She was a devoted mother and raised six children: Janet Blessing, Peter (Sue), David (Carol Sue), Nina (Robert) Kamman, Robert (Joann) and Steven (Ann). They made their home on Center Street in Portland where Nino owned and operated Felice’s Market.
Roberta loved books, language and learning. She ensured that her children received solid educations which served them very well in their lives. Roberta shared her love of education as a teacher of English grammar and literature mainly at King Jr. High School in Portland. Her other passion was a rustic camp on Clary Lake in North Whitefield where she and her family spent their summers where she instilled her love of country living in her children. She retired there and achieved a sense of well-being – it was not uncommon of her to
blissfully bathe in the lake after dusk, to mimic the call of loons and to take on projects that reflected her love of nature. She was most in her element when her hands were submerged in the cool dark soil of her many gardens or when thumbing through seed catalogues. She was a self-described “country woman.”
An accomplished seamstress and knitter, she made her own clothes and knitted countless sweaters for family members (often from wool of her own sheep). She delighted in cooking and was known for her agility in preparing delicious meals with only a moment’s notice upon the unexpected arrival of family members or guests. With more notice, her meals, influenced by her husband’s Italian heritage, were legendary.
Roberta was also an adventurer and loved travelling. As an empty nester, she spent several winters in Florida. Roberta immersed herself in English culture, literature and gardens on her many trips to England and explored several other European countries.
Roberta is predeceased by her husband, Nino, her sister Arolyn and her brother-in-law Robert Antognoni.
She is survived by her six children, 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. The six children and grandchildren are as followsJanet Louise Blessing of Portland and her daughter Pamela (Austin) Bridges and her son David (Pamela). Peter James Giampetruzzi (Susie) of Gardiner and their son Gregory (Joyce), their daughter Angela (Ray) Young and their son Michael (Emily). David Antonio Giampetruzzi (Carol Sue) of South China and their son Anthony (Alex), David Scott (Kathleen) and their daughter Katherine (Kevin) Hogan. Nina (Robert) Kamman of Raymond and her sons Eric (Chelsea) Olson and Matthew (Melissa) Olson. Robert Felice Giampetruzzi (Joann) and their son Nicholas of Portland. Steven Paul Giampetruzzi (Ann) of Raymond and their sons Michael (Katy) and Mario.
A Mass of Resurrection in celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 10:00 am in the Chapel of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Fund, the Animal
Refuge League of Greater Portland, or the Good Shepherd Food Bank.
Portland, ME – Judith (Vail) Dufour, 74, of Portland, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the South Portland Nursing Home.
She was born in Portland on June 23, 1943 a daughter of Frank H. and Marguerite E. (Luthe) Vail Sr. Judy grew up in Buxton and at the age of 6 months was diagnosed with meningitis, and as a result of this illness became deaf. She attended Baxter School for the Deaf in Falmouth, ME.
She worked at her family's stores in Buxton and Hollis and later spent many years at Bugaboo Creek Steak House.
In 2000 Judy married the love of her life Duane Dufour. She and Duane enjoyed life together, which included two trips to Disney World. Judy enjoyed and did many things with her good friends from Life Works Deaf Community Programs of Goodwill.
Judith is survived by her husband Duane, her sons Timothy, Thomas and James. She also leaves a sister Carolyn Vail and her wife Donna Gagne and three brothers Richard Vail and his wife Sally, Phil Vail and Frank Vail as well as many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on Friday June 1, 2018 from 1 – 2:30 pm at Goodwill, 34 Hutcherson Road, Gorham. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11 am at Dow Cemetery, Dow Road, Standish, ME.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to Life Works Deaf Community Programs of Goodwill.
Lewiston, ME - Romeo A. Michaud, 85, of Auburn died Wednesday, May 23 2018, at d’Youville Pavilion after a long illness.
He was born in Lewiston on December 6, 1932 the son of the late Rosario and Lucie (Dupere) Michaud. He was educated in local schools.
Romeo was an accountant for many years, and enjoyed working with his many clients. He also worked for AAA. Romeo was a member of St. Philips and Sacred Heart Church. He was a very active perisher and loved helping as much as he could. He enjoyed skiing, spending his summers at Old Orchard Beach and going for his daily walks around New Auburn.
The last of his immediate family he is survived by many cousins.
At his request, there will be no visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, June 1 2018, at 11 AM at Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place, Auburn, ME.
Durham, ME - Heidi L. (Smith) Arsenault, 53, of Durham ME, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Portland ME, on May 17.2018 after a life-long battle with diabetes. She was born on September 23, 1964 to Tina and the late Rev. Dr. Terry Smith.
She is survived by her loving husband, David, of twenty-six years, her brother, Michael Smith, Sisters-in-law Jackie Verrell, Delores Fogg, Alice Betz, dot Aube, Corine Pray and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She graduated from Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield, CT and worked at Fairfield University and UNUM in Portland. Her hobbies were knitting Afghans and sweater for friends even though she had been completely blind since age twenty-seven.
Friends and relatives are invited to a Celebration of Live for Heidi on Saturday, May 26 at 2 p.m. at the North Pownal Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Rd, Pownal ME. Coffee and dessert will follow in the fellowship hall.