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Obituaries

  • Samantha J.C. Smith, 46: Star athlete 'went the distance' in battling illness

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Samantha Jean (Coons) Smith, 46, formerly of South Portland, died peacefully Dec. 21 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, with her family by her side. Smith was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2012, and fought a courageous battle against the disease ...

  • Craig A. Libby, 61

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Craig A. Libby, 61, of South Portland, died unexpectedly on Dec. 18. He was born Oct. 1, 1953, in Portland, the son of Calvin and Sally (Huff) Libby. Raised in Gorham, he graduated from Gorham High School in 1971. He then continued his education in the electric field...

  • Venise Kronstrand, 89

    BRUNSWICK — Venise "Jackie" Kronstrand, 89, of Brunswick, died Dec. 10, with her children by her side. Kronstrand was born in Brunswick on Sept. 20, 1925, the daughter of Earl and Alvine (Gaudreau) Leavitt, of Topsham. She attended Brunswick High School and worked for 30 years as a c...

  • Elmer S. Williams Jr., 81: Veteran, master builder shared talents with others

    FREEPORT — Elmer “Sonny” Scherer Williams Jr., 81, died Dec. 18 with his family by his side, after a four-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Freeport on Oct. 4, 1933, a son of Eva (Thompson) and Elmer S. Williams Sr. He was drafted into the U.S. Ar...

  • Wilma E.D. Kinney, 91

    PORTLAND — Wilma Elizabeth DeTar Kinney, 91, died Dec. 17. She was born Jan. 26, 1923, in Anthony, Kansas, and graduated from high school there. Soon afterward, she moved to Stratford, Connecticut, at the invitation of her older brother, Don, and his family. Kinney attended bu...

  • Melissa J.R. Bourque, 47: A mother's caring extended to schools, church, community

    PORTLAND — Melissa Jane Rector Bourque, 47, died Dec. 25 at her home in Portland, with her family by her side, after a long and courageous battle with Crohn's disease and colon cancer. Bourque was born in Boston on Oct. 31, 1967, the only daughter and youngest of four children of Jan...

  • Marion M. Gilmore, 87

    BATH — Marion M. Gilmore, 87, of Middle Street, died peacefully at her home Dec. 13, surrounded by her family. She was born in Springfield on March 1, 1927, a daughter of Percy and Lottie Smith. In 1943, she moved to Bath, where she raised her four children with love and pride.

  • Wilma M. Hovey, 83

    TOPSHAM — Wilma Marie Hovey, 83, of Topsham, died Dec. 11 at Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick, following a brief illness. She was born Feb. 14, 1931, in Littleton, a daughter of Claude S. and Vera E. (Donovan) Hansen. She was educated in Houlton, and graduated from Houl...

  • Dorothy M. McKenna, 86: Longtime school worker served Bath in many roles

    BATH — Dorothy M. McKenna, 86, died of a long illness on Dec. 11, at her home in Bath. She was born Dec. 22, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Charles and Lillian (Smith) Johansen. She graduated from Morse High School in Bath in 1944, after excelling academically an...

  • Jane A. Lindholm, 99

    BRUNSWICK — Jane Ault Lindholm, 99, died peacefully Dec. 11 at Thornton Hall Assisted Living, where she had resided for five years after the death of her husband. She was born in Ellsworth on Sept. 1, 1915, the third of four children of Charles Ault and Lucretia Leakey. Her two broth...