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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...

  • Wayne A. Trudell, 64: Loved hunting for secondhand treasures

    BRUNSWICK — Wayne A. Trudell, 64, died peacefully at home on Oct. 29. On Sept. 16, 1946, he was born in Waterville, a son of Doris and Maurice Trudell. After the family moved to Brunswick, he attended St. John’s School and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1964.

  • Jacqueline R. Bilodeau, 86

    BATH — Jacqueline Rancourt "Jackie" Bilodeau, 86, died Thursday, Oct. 28 at Webster Commons Nursing Home in Freeport, with her son and daughter-in-law at her bedside. Born in Lewiston on Dec. 9, 1923, to Joseph Emile and Amelia (Larochelle) Rancourt, she graduated from Lewiston High ...

  • Betty J. Rakestraw, 86

    BOWDOIN — Betty Jane Heberer Rakestraw, 86, died Friday, Oct. 29 at the D’Youville Pavilion Nursing Home in Lewiston, with her loving husband John and her family at her bedside. Born in Peoria, Ill., on June 21, 1924, she was a daughter of Earl and Alice Welch Heberer Sayers.

  • Alfred L. Nichols, 92

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Alfred Lincoln “Al” Nichols, 92, of Yarmouth, died Sunday Oct. 24. On Dec. 27, 1917, He was born in Nobleboro, a son of Cora (Benner) and Wesley Nichols, and was educated in local schools. He attended Hanson’s Barber School in Portland, and w...

  • Chester A. Foss, 95

    FALMOUTH — Chester Allen Foss, 95, died Oct. 22 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House with his beloved family by his side. Born on May 11, 1915, in Lynn, Mass., he was a loving son of Clarence Wardwell Foss and Mary Allen Foss. After graduating from Tufts University with a degree ...

  • M. Virginia Ingraham, 93

    YARMOUTH — M. Virginia ”Ginny” Ingraham, 93, died peacefully Oct. 26, following a stroke, at Brentwood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Yarmouth. Born in Yarmouth on Aug. 31, 1917, a daughter of Harold B. and Martha C. Allen, she graduated from North Yarmouth Academy ...

  • Philip C. Nixon, 84: Supporter of Portland, So. Portland Fire Depts.

    PORTLAND — Philip Carroll “Pops” Nixon, 84, died Oct. 30 surrounded by his loving family at the Barron Center. On Sept. 1, 1926, he was born in Portland, a son of Herbert and Margaret Nixon, and attended Portland schools. For many years he worked as a mixer for lo...

  • Barbara V. Jaeger Ferrell, 92: Lifelong commitment to volunteerism

    SCARBOROUGH — Barbara Valentine Jaeger Ferrell, 92, died peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. Born Jan. 3, 1918, on Staten Island, N.Y., a daughter of Edward Valentine and Elsa Warth Jaeger, she attended local school until the family moved to Denville, N.J....