Freeport, ME - Richard C. Weirich, 72, passed away in his home, Saturday, June 10th, 2017 in Freeport, Maine.   

Born August 23rd, 1944 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, he was a dedicated educator for 48 years until his retirement from South Portland High School in 2015. He earned his Degree of Doctor of Education in Science Education from the University of Maine at Orono and was a recipient of the 1987 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.  

He was a devoted husband and father, beloved by his wife and two children. He found joy in gardening, reading, traveling, and surrounding himself with loved ones.   

He was predeceased by his father, Robert H. Weirich. He is survived by his mother, Eleanor Weirich of Palmyra, PA; his brother, Robert N. Weirich (Margaret) of Portage, MI; his sister, Elaine Weirich of State College, PA; his wife, Jane Weirich of Freeport, ME; and two children, Sarah Weirich of Columbia, MD, and Joshua Weirich of Baltimore, MD; as well as nieces, nephews, grandnephews, and in-laws.   

A private memorial ceremony will celebrate his life.

 

Standish, ME - Steven Wayne Harmon of Standish Maine age 57, passed away, surrounded by family on April 3rd 2017 at7:00 pm., after losing his battle with cancer.  

He was the loving husband of Reeta Harmon, beloved father of Leona Harmon, beloved son of Beverly Legrow Harmon, beloved brother of Lester Harmon, George Harmon, and Rinette Babine .Sisters, Patricia Harmon Desbiens, and Diane Harmon Andrews, and husband Scott Andrews, also numerous nephews and nieces. He was a cherished grandfather figure to 10 children. 

Steven Wayne Harmon was born on December 12th, 1959 in Portland Maine. Steven was very knowledgeable and worked in many different professions. He was very loving, and loyal to all who knew him. He was strong and courageous, kind, and had an amazing sense of humor. He fought his cancer fearlessly. To know Him was to love him. He was a man of many talents, and was very giving to his loved ones, and friends. Steven is preceded in death by his Father Richard B.  Harmon and Sister Jean Marie Harmon Bryant. 

Graveside interment service will be held on August 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Farris cemetery, at the corner of Blanchard and Bruce Hill Rd. Cumberland, ME

North Yarmouth, ME - Phebe Snow, 87, of North Yarmouth, Maine, passed away on May 5th, 2017 at Maine Medical Center in Portland Maine. 

Phebe was born in Summit NJ on September 25th, 1929 to Bertrand Littell Gulick and Helen Rhodes Gulick. She attended Miss Fines School, Princeton Day School, and Saint Mary’s Hall. She also attended and graduated from Endicott Jr. College. On January 31, 1959, she married Carlton F. Snow and moved to Kingston NY to begin her life with him. It was the beginning of a journey she cherished for 58 years and would take them from NY to Virginia and Connecticut before landing them in North Yarmouth, ME. 

Phebe was a strong believer in family and treasured and protected her relationships with those she loved. She enjoyed being a part of the extended Snow family and looked forward to time spent at “The Camp” each summer. She enjoyed travelling to Europe and California to visit her children and grandchildren.

She was well known for having high expectations. She taught us to be aware of the needs of others and to be kind, considerate and respectful. She modeled grace in times of adversity and found the silver lining in most situations. When no lining existed she taught us the wisdom of letting go of what we could not control.

She instilled in us a strong work ethic and impeccable manners; that said, she knew when she was outnumbered and laughed right along with us when the dinner table decorum took a downward turn. She gave us room to try our wings, providing a safe place to heal from the inevitable crash landings, all without ever saying “ I told you so…”  

Phebe was active as a Girl Scout leader and volunteered for many years with the Rockland County, NY 4-H Horse Clubs. She worked as a Cooperative Extension Program Coordinator for several years prior to moving to Connecticut. She volunteered for 15 years with the Children's Museum in Portland, ME and also enjoyed participating in the Newcomers Group, various book clubs, and bridge groups. She was a master knitter. 

Phebe is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Peter. She is survived by her husband, Carlton, of North Yarmouth; a daughter, Lydia, of Readfield ME and her husband Greg and grandchildren Casey, Michael and fiancée Diana Derocher, and Sandra and fiancé Russ Bayreuther; a son, Edward, of San Diego, CA and his wife Kathy and grandchildren Charlotte and Laura.

At her request there will be no services. Those wishing to honor her memory may make a donation to your local Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth program in her name.

Portland, ME – Donna Lee (Littlefield) Penney, 72, of Portland passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a long illness. 

She was born on July 22, 1944 in Portland, ME a daughter of the late David K. & Virginia B. (Cash) Littlefield.  She attended local area schools and graduated from Portland High School as a member of the class of 1962.  

Donna worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for Devonshire Manor, now known as Portland Center for Assisted Living for most of her career, retiring due to illness.  She also provided private nursing care in the evenings for a number of years. 

She was big fan of Beano, going multiple times a week and evening bringing her children with her on occasion.  Later in life, when illness kept her in her home, she enjoyed her online games including Pogo and could always be found on Facebook.  Donna also was an avid reader, her favorite author being James Patterson and she also enjoyed romance novels. In addition, Donna loved her cooking shows. 

She is survived by three sons, Michael A. Penney and his wife Kathy, Donald E. Penney and Edward D. Penney Jr. all of South Portland, ME.  She also leaves nine grandchildren Breanna, Anthony, Sarah, Chrissy, Alyssa, Nicholas, Robbie, Corey and Christopher, four great grandchildren as well as three sisters Beverly McCombs of Saco, Cheryl Hodgdon and her husband Jim of Buxton and Terri Lynn Driscoll and her husband Bob of Westbrook and several nieces and nephews.  She also was the sister of the late Sandra Blowers who passed away on December 7, 2016. 

Donna was very caring Mother, always made you feel welcomed and was always willing to help, regardless of the circumstances.  She was loved by all who met her and will be tremendously missed. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Highland Memorial Gardens, Highland Ave, South Portland, ME. 

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

Gosnell Memorial Hospice House

11 Hunnewell Road 

Scarborough, ME 04074

Westbrook, ME - John Henry Niskanen III, 65 of Westbrook, Me. passed away on May 14, 2017 at Seaside Healthcare in Portland, Me.

Born on May 17, 1951 in Lewiston, Me. to John Henry Niskanen Jr. and Leona Emery. He grew up in Portland and attended Portland Public Schools and attained his GED.

He served in the Air Force at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada as an Operations Specialist with the rank of Sargent. He held several jobs with the last being at Portland Jetport as a custodian for several years.

He really enjoyed fishing, watching television (especially the Boston Red Sox) and listening to music and playing guitar.

He is survived by his children Christopher Niskanen of Las Vegas, Nevada, Melissa Niskanen and her partner Paul Berry and four children Shannyn, Zachary, Emily and Colby of South Portland, and Jonathan Niskanen of Buxton. Survived by his siblings are Dorene Hadley of South Portland, Barbara Wallace of Portland, Larry Niskanen of Portland, Edward Adams of Westbrook, Sandra Larson of Hollis Center and several nieces and nephews.

 Previously deceased by his father John H. Niskanen Jr., and brothers August and Robert Niskanen.

Graveside service will be held on May 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Maine Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery 281 Civic Center Drive (Driveway is across the street from the 99 Restaurant). Augusta, ME 04330

 

In memory of John, donations can be made to

Beacon Hospice

54 Atlantic Place Foden Rd.

South Portland, ME 04106

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