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Obituaries

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  • Gertrude L. Conroy, 90: Selfless volunteer gave hospital thousands of hours, and more

    PORTLAND — Gertrude L. Conroy, 90, died peacefully April 16 in her home at 75 State St. She was born in Portland on Feb. 12, 1925, the daughter of Philip E. and Gertrude Peterson LaRou. She attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School and graduated from Cathedral High Sc...

  • Ann M. Sweeney, 52

    HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT — Ann Mickiewicz Sweeney, 52, of Columbia, Connecticut, died April 15 after a brief illness. She was born in Portland to John and Carolyn Mickiewicz on Feb. 25, 1963, and graduated from South Portland High School in 1981. Sweeney worked for years as a civ...

  • Michael E. Barriault, 64: Photographer with a zest for life

    PORTLAND — Michael Edward Barriault, 64, died Sept. 18, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a brief, noble confrontation with terminal cancer. Born in Old Town Maine in 1947, he grew up in Presque Isle and Augusta where he graduated Cony High School. Later on he attended Georgia...

  • Ella Priestly, 90

    BATH — Ella Priestly, 90, died Sept. 16 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. On July 31, 1921, she was born in Sanford, a daughter of John and Ivy (Mitchell) McCullough. She was raised at the Shaker Village in New Gloucester, and later moved to Bath, where she managed Mary's Re...

  • Virginia M. Dea

    BRUNSWICK — Virginia Moran Dea, of Sunnybrook Village in Brunswick, died peacefully in her late 90s Sept. 16 at Parkview Hospital. Her three children were with her during her last days. She never disclosed her true age, even making herself younger on her driver’s license. Years...

  • Christopher R. Grasse, 68: Known for his artistic, selfless, kind nature

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Christopher Robert Grasse, 68, died Sept. 16 after a courageous struggle with cancer. Born July 1, 1943, in Portland, the son of Robert Grasse and Frances Grasse, a well-known piano teacher. After he graduated from South Portland High School he spent a post-gr...

  • Joseph S. Bryant, 80: Former Brunswick school principal, guidance counselor

    BRUNSWICK — Joseph Stanley Bryant, 80, died Sept. 18. Born in Buckfield, on March 23, 1931, he was a graduate of Paris High School in South Paris, where he was active in sports. After he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English at Colby College in 1953, he began his...

  • Lawrence R. England, 98

    FALMOUTH — Lawrence Russell England, 98, of Falmouth, died Sept. 13 after a brief illness. Born on Feb. 25, 1913, in Medford, Mass., he was a son of George Russell and Sarah Alice (MacLean) England. He worked as a cabinetmaker with his company, L. R. England & Son, in Winc...

  • Frederick D. Osgood, 72: Known as a 'character,' adored his grandson

    ARLINGTON, Mass. — Frederick D. “Fred” Osgood, 72, formerly of Cumberland Center, died Sept. 13 in Cambridge, Mass., after a brief illness. Born on April 28, 1939, in Portland, a son of Edward W. and Dorothy E. (Jewer) Osgood, he graduated from Greely Institute in Cumberl...

  • Colette L. Craine, 80: Former military wife, enjoyed bridge

    PORTLAND — Colette L. Craine, 80, died Sept. 4 at St. Joseph's Manor with her loving family at her side, following several years of illness. Born in Portland, the daughter of Dr. Philip and Anna Gauthier, she graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1948, attended New Rochelle Co...