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Obituaries

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  • Joy J. O’Brien, 60: Longtime state Senate secretary exemplified public service

    PORTLAND — Joy J. O’Brien, 60, the longest-serving secretary of the Maine Senate in history, died Oct. 15 following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 23, 1954, to John ("Jack") and Jadine O'Brien in Brockton, Massachusetts. After moving to Portland, she grew up...

  • Marilyn Lajoie, 83

    TOPSHAM — Marilyn Lajoie, 83, died peacefully Sept. 30. Born Aug. 21, 1931, Lajoie was the daughter of Irene and Lloyd Pierce of Bucksport. The family relocated to Sanford, where she graduated from high school. In 1953, she married Aldore Lajoie, who was active in the U.S. Air Force....

  • Joan W. Leslie, 92: Loved outdoors, studied with architecture greats

    BRUNSWICK — Joan Warland Leslie, 92, died Aug. 4 in Brunswick. She was born in Boston on Nov. 30, 1921, to Marion Sortwell Warland and William Seaver Warland. She was also the the granddaughter of Alvin Foye Sortwell, the former mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and grew up there an...

  • Emile J. Chonko, 81

    HARPSWELL — Emile Joseph Chonko, 81, of Harpswell, died peacefully on Aug. 8 at his home, surrounded by his family. Chonko was born Jan. 14, 1933, to Slovak immigrants Suzie and John Chonko, of Topsham. A graduate of Lisbon High School, he went on to become actively involved in the c...

  • Elizabeth A. Fortin, 89

    PORTLAND — Elizabeth A. Fortin, 89, of Freeport and formerly of Country Lane, Brunswick, died Aug. 9 at Maine Medical Center. Fortin was born March 10, 1925, in Bath, the daughter of Joseph and Teresa Conley Clancy. She attended Fort Fairfield schools and graduated from B...

  • Valerie Y. Murray, 87: Devoted life to faith, family and science

    FREEPORT — Valerie Young Murray, 87, died Aug. 8 at her home in Freeport. Murray was born Jan. 9, 1927, in Augusta, to Cecil Knowlton and Ida Muriel (Young) Knowlton. As a child, she lived with her mother and grandparents, Daniel S. Young Jr. and Maud Young, who raised her and her si...

  • Mary E. McGovern, 91: Mother of 10, worked at Pentagon

    PORTLAND — Mary Ella McGovern, 91, died peacefully July 23 at her Warwick Street home, with her family by her side. McGovern was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, on Sept. 2, 1922, the daughter of Dan and Mary Dallas Hall. She attended local schools and graduated from Central High Sch...

  • Robert J. Kaler Sr., 88

    BATH — Robert James Kaler Sr., 88, of Bath, died July 27 at Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick. He was born in Bath on Dec. 22, 1925, the son of Howard E. and Dorothy (Travis) Kaler. He grew up in Bath and attended Morse High School. Kaler served in the U.S. Army f...

  • Richard J. Mullen Jr., 45

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Richard J. Mullen Jr., 45, died unexpectedly Aug. 1, while undergoing cardiac surgery. Mullen was born Aug. 17, 1968, with a congenital heart defect that required two previous surgeries during his teenage years. Yet he did not allow his condition to hold him back. He...

  • Katherine B. Jaques, 90

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Katherine Beatrice (Willwerth) Jaques died July 27, shortly before her 91st birthday. She was born in Portland on Aug. 5, 1923, the third of four children of Mary J. (Quinn) and Wendell L. Willwerth, of South Portland. She learned the value of hard work and th...