Portland, ME - Barbara Colette LaVallee Cremonese Tanguay passed away quietly on February 25, 2018, following several months of declining health, just two days short of her 85th birthday at St. Joseph’s Manor in Portland.
She was born on Feb 27, 1933, in Lawrence MA, and raised in Portland, ME. Barbara Graduated from Deering High School in 1951, when she began a career as personal secretary to then, Portland City Mayor Matthew Barron for quite a time, until marrying John Cremonese in 1958, who passed away in May of 1986. She was a house wife and mother, then later returned to the workforce at Fairchild Semiconductor, as a Fashion Two-Twenty Beauty and Sales Consultant, and eventually working for many years until retirement, for Portland Jetport Security, where she met her second husband, Gerard "Butch" Tanguay, of Westbrook, ME, who passed away May of 2015.
She enjoyed traveling to see family and friends, including travels to Hawaii & California to visit her brothers Teddy & former WCSH longtime radio personality, Doug Lavallee, as well as Florida to visit her son & granddaughters. She and her husband Gerard took many trips before his passing in 2015, especially enjoying long weekend trips to the ocean, and attending summer Playhouse Theater throughout Maine, as well as accompanying "Butch" to many of his Jazz band engagements.
She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Cremonese of Westbrook, ME, her son Joseph Cremonese and his wife Marie of Florida, their two daughters, Kristen Cremonese of California and Lauren Cremonese of Florida, both of whom called her "Gaga", as she had called her grandmother before them, carrying on a family tradition.
We would like to thank all the family & friends in Maine who helped us deal with her long distance care. Words cannot express our thanks & gratitude to you all.
Burial and memorial graveside service will be this spring/summer, and will be privately announced to those close family and friends before that time.
In lieu of flowers, etc., donations in her memory can be made to St. Joseph’s Manor, 1133 Washington Avenue, Portland, ME 04103.
Biddeford, ME – Dennis L. "Pa" Neukam, 64, of Biddeford, died on January 11, 2018 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. He was the life partner of Fern Hilsinger.
He was born in San Diego, CA on October 27, 1953, a son of the late Leslie Neukam and Barbara (Taylor) Sigman and her husband Wayne. He attended schools in both California and Indiana.
Dennis was a jack of many trades and worked as an Insulator, Paver, Woodworker and a Mechanic. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Biddeford.
Pa enjoyed his woodworking and loved fishing and traveling. In his spare time, he could also be found playing billiards and dominoes, and was great on the harmonica. He also enjoyed visiting the zoo.
Besides Fern, he is survived by his two children Maggie and Dennis Neukam Jr and four step children Cindy Wallace of Danbury, NH, Natalie Hilsinger and her partner Brian Levigne, Kevin Hilsinger and his wife Robin, and Krista Hilsinger all of Biddeford. He also leaves many grand and great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews as well as sisters Lorraine Stevens and her husband Richard and Lisa Sigmon, brothers-in-law Dan Donnelly and his wife Irene and Robert Donnelly and his wife Pam and many friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Biddeford Eagles Club, 57 Birch Street, Biddeford, ME.
In lieu of flowers, anyone who would like to give donations may contact Natalie Hilsinger at 730-8154.
Yarmouth, ME – Marilyn L. (Farnsworth) Ballard, 80, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Hawthorne House in Freeport, after enduring many health issues. She was the wife of the late Carlton Ballard.
She was born in Portland, ME on March 2, 1938, a daughter of the late Ernest E. and Lelia (Withham) Farnsworth. Marilyn was a graduate of Portland High School, class of 1957 and Westbrook Junior College (now UNE).
Marilyn lived in the home she designed and had built until the very end. She will be remembered as a hard worker. She held several office jobs during her lifetime. Her final two was a Daycare Operator from 1989 – 1996; then went on to work as a nutrition worker for the Yarmouth School Department until finally retiring.
She was active in two bowling leagues, two bridge leagues and was a "Red Hatter".
She is survived by her two daughters Kimberly Bailey and her husband Robert and Heidi Brzoska and her husband Raymond. She also leaves three grandchildren Nicholas Shumate, Lindsi Shumate and her fiancé Paul Muehle and Cameron Bailey and his fiancée Caroline Baker as well as two step grandchildren Susan Carignan and her companion Shawn Labrie and Thomas Bailey and his fiancée Becky Barrows, two step great grandchildren Kevin Carignan and Madison Bailey and many lifelong friends who will miss her tremendously.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Hawthorne House for the wonderful care she received during her five month stay.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Marilyn's memory can be made to:
Animal Refuge League
217 Landing Road
Westbrook, ME 04092
302 Range Road
Cumberland, ME 04021
Mechanic Falls, ME - Thomas Joseph Cunningham, 70, of Mechanic Falls, ME passed away peacefully Friday, March 9, 2018 at his home with his family by his side after a short illness. He was the husband of Rolande (Hamel) Cunningham.
He was born on June 21, 1947 in Lewiston, ME a son of the late Thomas C. and Geraldine (Murphy) Cunningham. He attended local schools in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1967.
Tom served in the US Air Force from 1967 to 1971 and worked for Pioneer Plastics for 36 years before retiring.
Thomas loved going to Oxford Plains Speedway and also enjoyed watching Hockey, football and especially watching the Patriots.
He loved family gatherings where he spent time with his great nieces and nephews Aliyah-Marie, Chianne, Donovan, Brock, Easton Hamel and Ridge Bissonette whom he thought of as his grandchildren.
Besides his wife, the love of his life, Thomas is survived by his son Timothy Cunningham, Daughter Melissa Cunningham and a nephew Corey Hamel whom was thought of as a son. He also leaves several nieces and nephews, sister in laws and brother in laws.
He was also the brother of the late Daniel Cunningham and Rosemary Michaud.
We would like to sincerely thank Androscoggin Home Health Hospice and the Dempsey Center for the incredible support and care he and the family were given.
In the spring there will be a graveside service followed by a celebration of life.
Yarmouth, ME – Carl Henry Shapazian, 91, of Yarmouth passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough after several long illnesses. He was the wife of Christine (Rossetti) Shapazian.
He was born in Portland, ME on September 5, 1926 a son of the late George and Mary (Azudian) Shapazian. He attended Portland Schools and graduated from Gray's Business College.
Carl joined the US Navy and served his country proudly until his honorable discharge. He retired a Captain in the Portland Fire Department with 24 years of service and then became the Head of Maintenance in the South Portland School Department until his retirement. He was also a member of the Italian Heritage Center.
He was a most beloved husband, dear Father, devoted Uncle and friend. He was a gentle loving man who cared deeply about his family, many nieces and nephews and friends. He will be remembered fondly for his kindness, consideration, quick wit and sense of humor. He was also an avid gardener.
Besides his wife of 70 years, he is survived by a daughter Maryanne Giggey and her husband Timothy of Yarmouth, Carl was also the brother of the late Elizabeth Uphoff, Margaret Shapazian and Marilyn Thayer.
The family would like to thank the staff at VNA Home Health and Hospice and the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for their tender and compassionate care. He passed with love, dignity and respect.
Services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
Gosnell Memorial Hospice House
11 Hunnewell Road
Scarborough, ME 04074
VNA Home Health and Hospice
50 Foden Road
South Portland, ME 04106