Portland, ME - On December 26, 2018 Raeleen Michaud, loving daughter, mother, sister, partner, and friend is finally free from her pain and passed away peacefully after a long, brave and courageous battle from illness. She was born in Portland on January 22, 1958. She’s the daughter of Phillip Michaud and Shirley and Ray Letarte of Gorham. She graduated from Fermi High School, Enfield Conn. and attended Pierre’s School of Beauty in Portland.
Raeleen always known for her artistic imagination and was the “fashionista” of the family. She was one of eight girls. She was predeceased by sisters Tracy and Rebecca. She is lovingly survived by her mother, Shirley Letarte, a son Colin Shepard, sisters Brenda Lilly and husband Paul, sisters Christine, Shelly and Sue Michaud, twin sister Fayleen Brooks and her husband Robert, step-brothers Ronald and Matthew Letarte, and her long-time loving partner Peter Shepard, children Derrick and Alyssa Shepard, daughter –in law Katie Bolte and grandchildren Austin, Leah, Mya, Derrick, Sara, Olivia, Antonio, and Nicholaswho loved their Raerae very much as well as many wonderful aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins who loved her.
We will cherish Rae’s smile and subtle humor; and the many handmade gifts she made for others using her creative and artistic abilities.
It's the shared moments and simple pleasures that will stay with us forever.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Southern Maine Dialysis, New England Rehab, Maine Medical Center, Seaside Rehab Center and Dr. Stuart Abramson; your caring support during our time with you will not soon be forgotten.
Her burial and Celebration of Life will take place this summer.
Portland, ME - Donald William Wormell died suddenly at home on December 28, 2018 with his wife by his side.
Don was a larger than life person with a wonderful laugh that would make his friends and family laugh with him. He was a paramedic by trade but a woodworker by love, a skill he learned at his father’s side growing up. Family and friends were important to him and he loved to help with their projects. Many of his friends have something in their home that Don built, from a small table to a complete kitchen, a lasting legacy to his skills.
Don was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick on May 8, 1961. He attended a community college in St. John, NB but found his calling when he went to Daytona Community College and became a paramedic.
He worked for United Ambulance for 32 years and found an EMS family that stood by him for years. He recently worked at Eldridge Lumber doing kitchen design and loved the new friends and support he found there.
Don is survived by, Elizabeth Delano, his loving wife of 28 years, parents Eugene and Minnie Wormell, sister Lynda Swan and her husband Doug Swan, nephews, Justin and Jason Swan, mother in law, Virginia Delano and sister in law June Delano.
There will be no memorial service, but a celebration of his life will be held this summer at the cottage on the lake that he loved so well. His departure leaves a hole that will be impossible to fill but he will live in our hearts forever.
North Yarmouth, ME - On Friday, December 22, 2018 Paul S. Leighton, loving father, friend, brother, and son, passed away at home at the age of 55.
He was born in Portland, ME on June 19 1963 a son of Mary Gladys (Bernard) Leighton of Pownal, and the late Harvey Leighton. Paul attended Freeport High School.
He was previously employed by MSAD51 where he was a custodian for the last 15 years. Paul was a very caring and supportive man. His charm and thoughtfulness reflected in the lives of those who surrounded him. He was quick to take in those around him, whom he knew needed just a little more guidance to help them attain their potential. Paul enjoyed spending his free time with his family; whether it was spent riding his motorcycle with his brother Ken, or having a beer with one of the many friends and family needing a good laugh or thoughtful chat. His unique and inspiring personality could brighten any mood.
Paul is lovingly survived by his beautiful bride of 37 years, Sharon Leighton. He is also survived by his loving children, Shane Leighton of North Yarmouth, Nicolé Leighton and her husband Phillip of Rumford and Amber Gerding, and her husband Dominik. He also leaves his close family friend Victor Hilton of Rumford.
Paul was also an amazing Papa to his many grandchildren; Hunter Gerding, Logan Gerding, Mason Gerding, Miranda Azcona, Kristian Azcona, Holden Azcona, Amberlin Azcona, Kiyanna Davis-Peavey, and Marcus Davis-Peavey. Paul is also survived by his siblings Coramarie Rose and her husband Dale of Pownal, Brian Leighton and his wife Carol of Pownal, and Ken Leighton and wife Kathy of Lisbon, as well as countless more loved ones.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, January 12, 2018 from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Cornerstone Lodge, 22 Poland Street, Portland, ME.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
Maine Cancer Foundation
170 US Route One #250
Falmouth, ME 04105
Scarborough, ME - Denise Lynne Rogers was 64 years old when she passed away in Scarborough, ME on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 3:20 am at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. Denise was predeceased in August 1994 by her husband, the love of her life Lester Allen Rogers.
Denise was born on a rainy Saturday morning on March 20, 1954 at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Her mother Marilyn E. Hodgman and her father George D. Ellis. Denise grew up in West Cumberland, ME where she went to school and graduated from Greely High School. After Denise completed high school, she went to earn an associate degree for Executive Secretarial at Plus Gray’s School of Business.
Denise was proud of all the work she did. She was a dedicated employee at L.L. Bean for over 20 years where she worked her way up to be a Senior Marketing Analyst. Since then she’s enjoyed her time working as a Receptionist, as well as a fill in Hygienist for Bayview Dental in Yarmouth, Maine for the last 11 years. Denise also founded Pisces Glass Works in March of 2004 where she was the owner, operator, artist and creator, as well as teacher of beautiful stained-glass art creations.
Denise loved life and certainly lived it to its fullest. She was a member of the American Saddlebred Association for a lot of years where she loved traveling to and showing in horse shows where she successfully walked away with her collections of blue ribbons. Denise’s horse showing days became a memory for her, but her lifelong love of horses never swayed. After a short bout of having a horseless barn fate led her to her beautiful Gracie who she found in a kill auction. Denise couldn’t bear to see Gracie sold to a kill buyer knowing the inhuman end she would face so she bought her immediately to simply save her life and give her a good and loving home. Denise truly did have a life-long love of horses and was a true horse woman to the core of her soul and her life would have never been complete without them.
She also loved to dance, and she did it beautifully. Denise was a member of the Champion Line Dance Team “Two Left Feet” for several years where she danced with her team in Line dancing competitions all over the United States, as well as where some of her lifelong friendships began as well. But Denise’s love for dancing didn’t end with Two Left Feet she also enjoyed taking Salsa dance classes for a while too. Denise also had a beautiful singing voice. Everyone who was lucky enough to hear Denise sing something enjoyed hearing her beautiful voice. Denise even sang at a couple of her friend’s weddings years back and she was also invited to join a choir after they had heard her sing, but she chose not to join.
Denise had an artist’s soul, she also enjoyed making jewelry. Denise made necklaces, bracelets and earrings with beads, stones that she assembled with her delicate care as she liked to give them out to her close friends and family as gifts. As well as Denise also had quite a talent for drawing and painting. She could draw and/or paint anything she could imagine or see. Whether it was to be a painting of a pet or something on a canvas, or a scene painted across an old saw to a faux painted wall she had a talent as well as the artistic eye to create and do her part to add beauty to this world.
Denise was also her very much her own handyman, she was a jack of all the trades type. If Denise wanted something done and she didn’t know how to do it she would just look whatever it was up, research it a little bit and teach herself how to do pretty much anything and everything she needed done basically making her, her own mechanic, plumber & carpenter. Denise wanted her Motorcycle license, so she could ride so she found a weekend course, bought herself a Harley Davidson and yeah, she did that too. Anyways one day her bike wouldn’t start or idle, she did try to call help but when her help couldn’t get it done fast enough for her liking, she looked it up online and rebuilt her own carburetor and she fixed it herself. At another time Denise needed to run water pipes from the house into her stained-glass room. So, she looked up how to run and connect water pipes, then she bought everything she needed, and she ran her own pipes too. As well when her barn doors had gotten to be too aged and weathered, she rebuilt them herself too.
Denise also bought a camper to enjoy with her family for family vacations as well as other trips she enjoyed going on. When Denise bought her little 70’s camper she loved it except that the inside was outdated so she updated her entire camper herself so that she could love it along with everyone that she loved most. Denise got a lot of use out of that little camper taking trips with her mother to visit sites, as well as some friends and family that lives farther away. As well as the yearly trips Denise took with her daughter and grandchildren every summer. Every summer Denise would plan some sort of family get-away vacation with her daughter where they could take the kids for a few days to a week. Every year they would go on another different, fun adventure where not a lot was ever set in stone planned, except that we’d have fun, a campfire with marshmallows to toast and each other creating more family memories together. There was nothing Denise loved more than her family. For Denise family always comes first.
If anyone in the family ever needed Denise, she always answered the call and was there as quickly as she could get herself there in any ways she might be needed. As part of being the family woman that Denise was, she made the most of every season and holiday. For every holiday we were either all getting together for a family cookout or a big family meal. She decorated her house and door stop for every holiday from Valentine’s and Easter to Thanksgiving and Christmas. She would dress up and get candy for Halloween as well as hiding eggs for Easter egg hunts. She made decorations and ornaments for Thanksgiving and she made wreaths for everyone every Christmas. Denise would do anything for her family and we all loved her for it. She was there for all of us throughout all the many times we’ve all called her with any sort of want or need and she always did all that she could and loved us all unconditionally and we will all love and miss her forever and we’ll never forget Denise Lynne Ellis Rogers. We will miss you forever.
Denise was predeceased by her husband Lester Allen Rogers, her father George Dennis Ellis, her brother Kevin Scott Ellis, her grandparents Ruth Pride, Charles L. West and Gladys Gardius, her step-father Harvey E. Hodgman, and her great grandfather Charles E. West ( Another thing Denise was very proud of was that her great grandfather Charles E. West was the Mayor of South Portland for 3 terms, as well as he was South Portland’s City Treasurer) Denise was survived by her mother Marilyn Elizabeth Hodgman of Cumberland, Maine. Both of her children Danielle Rae Rogers and Scott Allen Rogers of Cumberland, Maine and her granddaughter Savhannah Chelsea Wing of Auburn, Maine and her grandson Aiden Winter Scott of Gray, ME
Denise’s funeral services will be held at Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 11:00am - 1:00pm.
Scarborough, ME – Glenn A. Coombs, 57, of Portland passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, after an unexpected illness. He was the husband of the late Cynthia L. (Burns) Coombs.
He was born in Portland, ME on May 12, 1961 a son of the late Herbert J. & Concetta C. (Romano) Coombs.
Glenn served a substance abuse counselor for many years as well as a pastor with the United Methodist Church serving on Chebeague Island. He was a caring man who only wanted to help others in their time of need.
He is survived by his daughter Emma L. Coombs and her fiancé Joshua R. Harlow of Portland. He also leaves a sister Elissa Sanderson and his two brothers Gerald and Gil Coombs. He was also a brother of the late Rhonda Lombardo.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Road, Pownal, ME.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
Gosnell Memorial Hospice House
11 Hunnewell Road
Scarborough, ME 04074