Nelson D. Collins Sr.

Died: Nov 29, 2011
Nelson D. Collins Sr.
Yarmouth, ME – Nelson David Collins Sr., 46, of Auburn and formerly of Florida, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, November 29, 2011.
Nelson was born in Westbrook, ME a son of the late Carlene V. (Edwards) Rhinehart and Wayne N. Collins of Yarmouth. 
Nelson recently moved back to Maine, living with his brother and his wife in Auburn, after spending the past 20 years in Florida. He enjoyed working with his hands and worked as a self-employed tile and marble contractor.
He enjoyed most sports, however his favorite was NASCAR.
Besides his father he is survived by his step mother Sheila Collins also of Yarmouth and his son Nelson D. Collins Jr. of Florida. He also leaves his brother Dwayne Collins and his wife Tina of Auburn and his twin sister Nada Russell of Loveland, CO. He was also the brother of the late Teresa Campbell.
Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Yarmouth will be private.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to:
The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME 04102

Mitchell A. Kessler

Died: Nov 18, 2011
Mitchell A. Kessler
Augusta-Mitchell A. Kessler, 25, of Portland and Old Orchard Beach, passed away on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.
He was born in Portland on March 24, 1986, the only child of Richard and Carlene Kessler. He graduated from Cheverus High School in 2004 and from the University of Southern Maine in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology.
While attending USM, he worked for the City of Portland, Recreation Division in the before and after care program at Hall School. He was loved by the staff and kids.
Mitch was loving, loyal, funny, charming, athletic, smart, generous and a kind hearted person. He had a wonderful group of friends that he loved (too numerous to list) but they know who they are.
He had a passion for golf, basketball, baseball, music, dancing, hanging with friends, poker, sneakers and sun glasses. He loved his two mini bull terrier dogs (Snoopy and Jetta).
Mitchell is survived by his parents, Richard and Carlene, his “Bubbe”, Eleanor Kessler, great aunt, Gertrude Schloff, aunts and uncles: Maxine Kessler, Ken and Betty Kessler, Raymond and Elinor Fogg, Francine & Steve Macisso, Robert and Tracey Fogg, Carole and Don Dunphe and many special cousins. Extended family: Patty Jo Walton, Diane and Kenny Shone, “O” Diane Hopkins, Tom and Ann Kussy, Gerry Pelletier, Janice Kimball, Elizabeth Morgan, Elizabeth Cummings and Tammy Bellino. Special thanks to: Tom Dyhrberg, Mike and Dee Dee Couture, the guardian angels of the Portland PD, and especially his longtime girlfriend, Sarah Paiement.
His passing has left a huge hole in our hearts that will never be filled. Nothing will ever be the same. We will miss your million dollar smile that could light up a room and that twinkle in those beautiful brown eyes when we knew you were up to something.  In spite of this heart breaking tragedy, Mitchell has left this world a hero by donating his organs to the New England Organ Bank. His generous gift has already saved several lives. Rest in peace sweet cakes. No services are planned at this time. A celebration of his life will be held sometime in the future.
“Irish Blessing”
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mitchell’s name to:
City of Portland
Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund
134 Congress Street
Suite 2
Portland, Maine 04101

Janis I. Tibbetts

Died: Nov 6, 2011
Janis I. Tibbetts
Scarborough, ME – Janis I. (Larson) Tibbetts, 81, of Portland died on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. She was the wife of the late Chester D. Tibbetts Sr. who died in 1999.
Janis was born in Cumberland, ME on August 25, 1930 a daughter of the late John C. & Lillian Larson. She attended local area schools and graduated from Deering High School.
She was a former member of the Pythian Sisters.
Janis will be remembered as a strong willed, independent individual who enjoyed knitting, cooking and baking. Everything was made from scratch and will be remembered for her homemade waffles and her popcorn balls. She also made rugs; she would use old clothing and braid the material into a rug. She also spent much time gardening and loved to play the piano. She also walked up to five miles every day for the past 40 years only stopping just recently due to her health.
She is survived by her six children Chester D. Tibbetts Jr. and his wife Lynn of New Gloucester, Gerald A. Tibbetts and his fiancée Rhonda Dimick of Limington, Sandra F. Tibbetts, Linda M. Pramis and her husband Robert, Steven A. Tibbetts and his girlfriend Colynda Austin all of New Gloucester and Kenneth E. Tibbetts and his fiancée Mary Spear of Westbrook. She also leaves eleven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren as well as her sister Arlene McIntosh and her husband John of Miami, FL and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be private.
Arrangements are under the direction of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services of Portland, 981 Forest Ave. Portland.
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Priscilla B. Gauvin

Died: Nov 17, 2011
Priscilla B. Gauvin
Priscilla B. Gauvin, 70, passed away suddenly on Nov. 17 at the Gosnell House in Scarborough. A service will be held at Seacoast Chapel at 228 Buxton Road in Saco on Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. A brief graveside service at St. Joseph Cemetery will follow, and then a reception at Seacoast Chapel.

Jean Claude Landry

Died: Nov 4, 2011
Jean Claude Landry
Lewiston, ME -- Jean Claude Landry passed away at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, ME, on November 4, 2011 after an accident at his home.  Claude was born on March 31, 1939 in Canada and completed his high school and secondary school education in the seminary.  In July of 1959, he married his life’s love, Liliane (St.Onge) Landry, and proceeded to have their first two children in Sherbrooke, Quebec.  In 1965, they moved their small family to Bristol, CT, where their two additional children were born, and finally made Terryville, CT, their family home for many years.  In the midst of working long hours, he would still make time for repairing vehicles, home remodeling, and vegetable gardening in order to improve life for his growing family.   While a long-time employee of Napco, Inc. as a machinist, tool and die maker, and a model maker, Claude created machine designs used for many different everyday things, one of which being the plating machine for the 1980 redesign of the U.S. penny.
Once their children left the nest, Claude and Liliane made Fryeburg, ME, their new home.  Here in this wonderful small town, he worked until he retired from Dearborn Precision.  Claude enjoyed visiting with many friends all over town, shining his light, and sharing jokes with all.  He thrived on tinkering around their home and eventually took up RVing with his wife during summers in Canada.
Claude is survived by his wife, Liliane.  He was predeceased by his oldest daughter, Johanne (Landry) Casey of CT.  Johanne gifted him with three grandchildren (Annette, Cory, and Nadia) and his only great grandson (Trey).  Claude’s three remaining children survive him:  his only son, Alain Landry of PA, who has three children (David, Brett, and Victoria); daughter, Linda (Landry) Tirone of CT, who has three children (Abigail, John IV, and Josiah); and daughter, Nancy (Landry) Deschaine of CT, who has two children (Marissa and Katlyn).
Claude was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Fryeburg for over 20 years. Services will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at 1:00pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Fryeburg Rescue, P.O. Box 177, Fryeburg, ME 04037.
Arrangements are under the direction of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland. For additional information and to sign Jean’s guestbook, please visit

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