Charlotte E. (Michum) Knapp

Yarmouth, ME - Mrs. Charlotte Elizabeth Knapp (née Mitchum) died peacefully at her home surrounded by the love of her family on May 3 in Yarmouth, Maine.  She was 85. 

Charlotte is survived by the love of her life, her husband Blair Alan Knapp, and her children Elizabeth Anne Olesen (Kevin Casey Olesen) of Portland Maine, Blair Alan Knapp Jr. (Gregory Gordon Greer) of Arlington Virginia, and Lawrence Henry Knapp (Mary Frances Hadley) of Charleston South Carolina; and brother Charles Henry Mitchum (Alberta) of Charleston South Carolina.  She endlessly doted over her four grandchildren Jonathon Christian Olesen, Casey Mitchum Olesen, Abigail Marie (Doug) Lenhardt (née Knapp), and Katherine Elizabeth Knapp. 

Charlotte was born on February 16, 1932 in Charleston South Carolina to Charles Henry Mitchum and Lurline Vera Mitchum (née Spruill). She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She would continue this devotion to the caring for others through her entire life, such was her desire to comfort others. 

After accepting a commission in the US Navy, while serving at Jacksonville Naval Air Station, she met a dashing young Navy pilot, Blair, who swept her off her feet and they began a life together spanning 60 inseparable years.  Together, they raised their three children in Boston Massachusetts, Muskegon Michigan, and Cape Elizabeth Maine. 

In Maine, she and Blair discovered sailing, an activity that would become their passion.  During their forty years sailing the New England coast, all who visited enjoyed this passion with them, followed by dinner along the Falmouth waterfront, at Handy Boat, or at the Portland Yacht Club, where they were members for some twenty-five years. 

In their retirement years, during the winter months, they would head to their second home on Folly Beach in South Carolina where she had lovely gardens that she enjoyed tending to and nurturing each Spring. 

Charlotte was an avid bridge player, active in two clubs to the last month of her life.  She loved tennis, both as a fan and a player.  She was fiercely loyal to the Carolina Gamecocks Women’s Basketball team. 

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of her life on Friday, May 12, at 1PM at the First Parish Congregational Church, Main Street, Yarmouth Maine. A light reception will follow. 

Those planning to attend are asked to wear a splash of lavender, Charlotte’s favorite color. Those having a fond memory are encouraged to share it during the service at the church. 

The family would like to thank Visiting Angels, Life Stages, and VNA Hospice for their care and dedication to Charlotte’s quality of life in her declining months. 

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to express their condolences are encouraged to contribute to the Cancer Community Center, South Portland Maine (www.cancercommunitycenter.org) or the Community Crisis Ministries of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, South Portland Maine (www.fccucc.org/serve/community-crisis-ministries).

Karen Hart Anthony

Falmouth, ME - Karen Hart Anthony died peacefully at the Legacy Memory Care Unit of Ocean View, Falmouth, Maine, on April 27, 2017 at the age of 76. 

Karen was born October 1, 1940, the daughter of Lauren and Ruth Hart. She grew up in Lanham, Maryland and attended Bladensburg High School. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for two years and then transferred to the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut from which she graduated in 1962. She was hired by AT&T Long Lines division in White Plains, New York, where she worked as a computer programmer. In those days computer programs were on punch cards, and the computers were in large rooms with tile floors. She stayed with that company for several years. She married Gerald Reese, her college sweetheart, and shortly after had her two sons, Michael and Brian.

The family moved to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where they lived for several years. Together with several friends she started a cooperative day care center there. The family moved to South Portland in 1972, where she worked as a computer programmer (and later as a systems analyst) for two successive banks. She also was a Parent Effectiveness Training facilitator for several years. She and Jerry were divorced in 1975.

Shortly afterwards she married Cushman Anthony. His two children, Thomas and Ellyn, came to live with them in South Portland. It was a very busy household, with her two boys in fifth and seventh grade and Cush’s son and daughter in first and third grade. She often joked that she took the computer job as a way to get out of the house.

After working for banks, she held a variety of positions including assistant at a local architectural firm, researcher for a marketing company, manager of the relocation of two small corporations which merged, and director for another company during the computer transition known as Y2K in the year 2000. She stopped working after her children were grown, and she and Cushman moved to a home in Falmouth. When that home did not seem quite right, the couple moved again, this time to North Yarmouth. All the while they spent much of the summer months at Cush’s family home in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a place that Karen came to love greatly.

Karen was diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s disease in early 2011, and the couple moved to live in a cottage at Ocean View retirement community in Falmouth very shortly thereafter. In August 2014 when the progression of her disease required it, Karen moved into the Legacy Memory Care Unit at Ocean View. Cushman was able to spend some time with her each day there. She never once complained about her situation.

Karen was deeply involved with the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland, and served as its treasurer for several years. Most of her friends were connected to that church.

Besides her husband Cushman, Karen leaves behind her son Michael of Honolulu, her son Brian and his daughter Jennifer of Charlottesville, Virginia. Also her stepson Thomas Anthony of Moscow, Russia, and his three children Sasha, Stephen, and Robert. Also her stepdaughter Ellyn Leamon and husband Thomas of Richmond, Vermont, and their two sons Alexander and Jacob. She is also survived by her brother Steve Hart and his wife Carlotta of Mountain View, Arkansas, as well as her sister Jill Hart of Virginia.

 

A memorial service will be held at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland on Saturday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. Her cremains will be interred at the family burial plot in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, 583 U. S. Route 1, Scarborough ME 04074 or to the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue, Portland ME 04103. 

Rose Ann (Russo) Goodell

Portland, ME -- Rose Ann Goodell, 81, of Portland passed away peacefully surrounded by her three children at Mercy Hospital on Saturday, April 22, 2017 after years of declining health. 

She was born in Portland, ME on November 27, 1935 a daughter of the late Nicholas & Antoinette (Candelmo) Russo.  In your younger days Rose was a vibrant, charismatic woman who was passionate about traveling and fortunate enough to visit Paris, Greece, Egypt and many states out west.

She volunteered with refugees from Afghanistan in the 1980’s helping them settle into new homes in Portland. She even opened an Afghan import store on Congress St. called Aziz Imports that she ran for a couple of years. She made the ideal shopkeeper as she was congenial, charming and loved to meet new people and learn about new cultures. Her most recent work history was a call center position at LL Bean which she enjoyed greatly. 

She loved to cook and made many delicious meals for her family. She was a voracious reader and left a tower of books in every room she occupied. She was especially fond of mysteries. One of her favorite things in life was swimming in her backyard pool. She loved animals and missed her cat AJ after she moved into nursing care at Pine Point Center in January 2016. 

She was a devoted daughter to her now deceased parents Nicholas and Antoinette Russo formerly of Chamberlain Ave in Portland. She was a loving sister to her siblings Leonard Russo, Camilla Raposa, Josephine Malconian and Grace Cintron. She will also be greatly missed by her devoted aunt and best friend Mary Ida Russo. 

She is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years Lorne Richard Goodell of the Maine Veteran’s Home in Scarborough, ME, her daughter Lorna Rose Goodell and her husband James A. Lucas of Westbrook, ME, her son Kevin R. Goodell of Portland, ME and her son Morbideus Goodell and his wife Deanna Goodell of Wells, ME. She had four grandchildren Eryk Silver of Vinalhaven, ME, Raven Goodell of Wells, ME, Aidan L. Lucas and Griffin J. Lucas of Westbrook, ME. 

Rose’s ashes will be placed to rest in the Goodell family plot in Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, ME in a private family ceremony.  

In lieu of flowers please donate to The Animal Refuge League in Westbrook, ME

Daniel B. Soule

Yarmouth, ME – Daniel B. Soule, 66, of Yarmouth died on April 26, 2017 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. 

He was born in Portland, ME on December 8, 1960 a son of the late Merton Lovell & Elizabeth Josephine (Blake) Soule.  He attended local area schools and went on to the University of Maine Farmington with a Bachelor’s in Education, Minoring in History. 

Daniel spent twenty-five years as the 7th Grade Social Studies teacher at Freeport Middle School, also coaching Soccer, Basketball and Softball.  He also spent thirty-two years at Maine Medical Center, working in the Emergency Room.

He was a member of the Maine Educators Association, and greatly enjoyed golfing, fishing and his vacation trips with his family to Cape Cod. 

He is survived by his four children Daniel and his wife Jessica Means, Jessica, Katie, Amy and Becca and his grandson Bryson.  He also leaves his siblings Merton, Susan, Charles and John as well as several nieces and nephews.  He was also predeceased by his sisters Betsy and Diane. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend an informal celebration of his life on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Soule residence, 149 East Main Street, Yarmouth, ME. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to The Root Cellar, The Cancer Center in Scarborough or Becca Soule’s Go Fund Me Page for a medical mission to the Dominican Republic.

Brian Fitzgerald

West Bath, ME - Brian Fitzgerald, longtime resident of West Bath, passed away peacefully at Maine Medical Center, with his son by his side on April 11, 2017. 

Brian was born at Bath Memorial Hospital on August 26, 1950 to Eunice and Wilson Fitzgerald and raised in West Bath. Brian spent his early life outside of Maine, joining the Navy where he spent two years as a radio mechanic on helicopters. During his time in the Navy, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal for serving during the Vietnam War and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. 

After leaving the Navy, Brian spent time traveling abroad and settling down in Arizona for a while before returning to Maine. After returning to Maine, Brian worked at Bath Iron Works in the Engineering department, in charge of manufacturing aspects. After BIW, Brian began working in carpentry, which had been in a way, a family trade. 

An avid outdoorsman, Brian hunted and fished across Maine, collecting stories of big fish and good times with close friends throughout the years. What he can be most remembered for was his willingness to lend a hand to anyone in need, a quality that lasted until the end. 

Brian will be greatly missed by his son, Codi, brothers Keith and Kevin as well as Keith’s wife Doreen, and nieces and nephews, and many friends that he knew throughout his life.  

A memorial service will be held at TnT Bible Church, 213 Foreside Road Topsham, ME on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 3 pm, with a celebration of life held at Mae’s Café, 160 Center Street Bath, ME the following Friday, May 5, 2017 from 3-5 pm.

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