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Posted: Friday, August 4, 2006 1:00 am

Alma Marie Whiting, 104

Moved to Maine as a young girl

Alma Marie Whiting, widow of William B. Whiting died July 25, 2006, at Southridge Rehabilitation & Living Center in Biddeford, at the age of 104.

She was born, the eldest of 10 children of Edmond and Cecile (Doiron) Legere, Oct. 24, 1901, in Rogersville, New Brunswick, Canada.

She moved to Maine as a young girl. She attended local schools, and later worked at Union Station where she met her husband to be, William B. Whiting.

They had a home built on Cobb Street in Rosemont, Portland during the height of the great depression, and both worked at whatever jobs were available in order to keep their home. They raised three sons there and even managed to buy a small cottage at Campbell Shores, Little Sebago Lake in North Windham. Their children and grandchildren spent many happy hours there.

Alma became famous for her homemade bread, braided rugs and colorful afghans.

She is predeceased by two sons, Donald W. and his wife June and Eugene R. She was also predeceased by a grandson, Richard; her brother Edmund; and sisters, Marie Town, Helen Valliere, Eva Bouffard and Anna Willey.

Surviving are her son Robert A. Whiting Sr. and daughter-in-law Joan of Denmark; grandchildren, Robert of Scarborough, Wendy Dolci and her husband Robert of Sunnyvale, Calif., Pamela Lewis and her husband Richard of Scarborough, William and his wife Stephanie of Windham, and Julie Whiting of Saco; five great- grandchildren; Mallory and Alyssa Lewis, Ryan and Andrew Whiting, and Sophie Whiting.

She is also survived by a brother and three sisters, Alice Legere,

Christine L'Heureux and her husband Walter, Lillian Guilmette and her husband Paul, all of Sanford; Frederick Legere and his wife Lorraine of Westbrook.

Charles E. Queen, 77

Railroad yardman in Portland for 45 years

Charles E. Queen, 77, resident of Dalton Street in Portland died Sunday, July 23, 2006, at his residence following a long illness. He was born Dec. 24, 1928 in Portland, a son of George and Ethel (Archibald) Queen. He attended schools in Portland.

Mr. Queen served in the U.S. Navy during World War Two.

He was employed as a yardman at the Portland Terminal of the Maine Central Railroad, retiring in 1985, after over 45 years of service.

He enjoyed traveling with his wife, and had taken many trips in the U.S. including Amish Country, Washington, D.C., Williamsburg, Calif., Washington State and Ohio. Together they also enjoyed taking trips with Maine Line Tours.

Mr. Queen loved to play the lottery, especially Megabucks. He liked playing cribbage, spending time at the racetrack, keeping up with news events by reading the paper, and he also enjoyed walking on the Eastern Promenade. He mostly enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and loved to tell them stories of his old neighborhood Libbytown in Portland.

He liked to dine at the Dunstan Schoolhouse in Scarborough, and the Village in Portland, and also enjoyed taking out Italian sandwiches from Amato's. He was an animal lover and was especially fond of his grand dog Joey.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Florence (McLinden) Queen of Portland; six children: Barbara R. Colby of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Donald W. and his wife Karen Queen of Richland, Wa.; Thomas G. and his wife Robyn Queen of So. Casco; Marjorie A. Queen of Old Orchard Beach; Mary C. Queen of Windham; and Christopher P. Queen of Portland; a sister Marjorie Opsitnik of Youngstown, Ohio; a brother Ralph and his wife Sally Queen of South Portland; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Ellis Bucky Rouse

Was an 'awesome grandfather'

Ellis Bucky Rouse passed away peacefully at his Biddeford home with his wife, mom in-law, and family by his side, on July 23, 2006.

Born July 25, 1940, in Suffern, N.Y., he grew up in Middlebury, Vt. He was the son of Stewart and Ruth Rouse. Bucky is predeceased by his mother. His father lives in Land O' Lakes, Fla.

Bucky was the business partner and best friend of Gail (Kiablick) Rouse for over 24 years. She will miss him more than people can imagine.

Surviving him are his three children and their spouses, Drs. James and Debra Rouse of Indian Hills, Colo., Tamara and David Domenick of Manchester, Vt., and Bryan and Kelsi Rouse of Spokane, Wash.

Bucky was also an awesome grandfather to Dakota Skye and Elli Grace Rouse, daughters of James and Debra. They were the sunshine in his life. He was their PaPa and their Goober.

He also leaves two brothers, a sister and their spouses, Richard and Lucy Rouse of Brandon, Vt., Marilyn and Dale Phillips of Land O' Lakes, Fla., and Stewart and Karen Rouse of Eliot; along with many nieces and nephews that were such an important part of his life.

Bucky also leaves his dogs and cats wondering where he has gone.

Bucky was in the trucking business for all of his adult years, and for the past 26 years was owner and manager, along with his wife, of Rouse Motor Express and Rouse B-3 Truck Service in Canaan, N.Y., just having retired in the fall of 2005.

He was a member of the Bellows Falls Vermont Elks for 41 years, having served as Exalted Ruler and was a Mason belonging to the Mt. Cube Lodge No. 19 in Oxford, N.H. and the Mount Lebanon Chapter No. 13 Royal Arch Masons in Bradford, Vt. He enjoyed golf, boating, cruising and football. Wherever Bucky lived, he made wonderful and lasting friendships. In Vermont, New York and most recently in Maine, many will miss him.

There will be a gathering on Saturday, August 12, at 12 p.m. at his home on Seal Lane in Biddeford. This will be a casual occasion to celebrate his life, tell stories and have a Buckaroo or two in his honor. Email grouse@maine.rr.com for directions and to RSVP.

The Rouse family would like to give a special thank you to the Mercy Hospital Oncology Department in Portland, with an extra big thank you to Karen and Carolyn. You are such wonderful, caring nurses.

Also, special thanks to Rosalie and Marie from Hospice VNA of South Portland. You were incredible. You both helped make this transition so peaceful! Not only for Bucky, but also for the family.

Bucky was a great supporter of his wife's involvement as a volunteer at the Animal Welfare Society and the wonderful work they do. He not only became involved himself last summer, flipping burgers at an event, and helping to pick up donation boxes, but he also opened his home and heart to a dog and three cats from the shelter.

Harriet J. Hobbins

Met husband at Old Orchard Beach pier

Harriet J. Hobbins, formerly of Saco, died on July 27, 2006, unexpectedly while a resident at Whitehall Assisted Care Facility in Hyannis, Mass.

Born in Salem, Mass., March 6, 1923, Harriet was the daughter of John P. McDonough and Helen (Kane) McDonough. She resided in Salem until her family moved to Lewiston, when she was six years old.

She attended St. Patrick's School in Lewiston, and was a graduate of Lewiston High School, Class of 1940. She also attended Bliss Business School, Auburn.

She began her employment as a Telephone Operator for New England Telephone Company in Lewiston before transferring to Springfield, Mass., and then to the Biddeford office.

Harriet soon thereafter met her husband J. Raymond Hobbins at a dance on the Old Orchard Beach Pier, and they were married June 24, 1950, at St. Joseph's Church in Lewiston. They resided in Saco for over 40 years until her husband's death on March 22, 1991.

In 1998, Harriet moved to Hyannis, Mass., to live with her sister Rosemond who died in a tragic auto accident in Hyannis, Mass., on July 28, 2004.

Harriet was an avid reader, sports enthusiast, faithful beachgoer, and had a keen interest in politics and current affairs. She was active in the community. She was a member of the Catholic Women's Club, a Girl Scout Leader, and an active PTA member.

After her retirement from New England Telephone Co., and before moving to Hyannis, she volunteered at the Hospice Book Store and Dyer Library.

She was a delegate to many Democratic State Conventions, and volunteered on many campaigns with her husband. She volunteered on the campaign of Sen. Edmund Muskie, Governor Joseph Brennan, Sen. George Mitchell, and including her son Barry's Legislative Campaigns and Congressional Campaign.

She also enjoyed traveling. She often shared her fond memories of her pilgrimage to the Holy Lands and her audiences with Pope John Paul II and the Vatican. Harriet also journeyed with her husband Ray to her ancestral country of Ireland.

However, her most proud accomplishment in life was raising three children with her husband who entered three professions; a teacher, a social worker/adjunct college professor and a lawyer/legislator.

Harriet is survived by her three children, Ann Hobbins Beckwith and her husband Steven Beckwith of Harrison, Mary Hobbins DeChillo, M.S.W. and her husband Neal DeChillo, P.H.D. of Swampscot, Mass., and her son State Senator Barry Hobbins, Esq. and wife Donna Monson Hobbins, M.E.D., of Saco.

She was the proud grandmother of five grandchildren, Jonathan Hobbins, Delia Hobbins and Liam Hobbins all of Saco, Nicholas DeChillo and Patrick DeChillo of Swampscot, Mass.

She is also predeceased by her parents; and another sister Marie McDonough.

Harriet was a communicant of Most Holy Trinity Church, and since 1998, St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis, Mass.

Jean S. MacDonald, 66

Retired from Lunder Shoe in Saco

Jean S. MacDonald, 66, of Woodland Avenue, died Monday, July 24, 2006, following a short illness at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

She was born in Scarborough on May 1, 1940, a daughter of Frank C. and Emily Northrop Sargent. She was educated in Old Orchard Beach schools and graduated Old Orchard Beach High School in 1958.

On Jan. 21, 1964, she married John R. MacDonald in South Portland. She was retired from Lunder Shoe Manufacturing in Saco, following several years of employment with the company. Mrs. MacDonald enjoyed assembling jigsaw puzzles and pet birds.

Survivors include her husband, John R.; a son, Roderick J. MacDonald, both of Old Orchard Beach; a daughter, Ronda J. Willmott of Saco; a brother, C. Edward Sargent; a sister, Helen S. Blais, both of Old Orchard Beach; a grandson, James A. Willmott; and several nieces and nephews.

Linda Bedell-Flynn

Lifetime resident of Saco

Linda Bedell-Flynn passed away at her home on Saturday, July 29, 2006, after a courageous battle with ALS. She was a lifetime resident of Saco and attended Saco schools and Thornton Academy and the University of Southern Maine.

She was born in Biddeford on March 9, 1963, the daughter of Ormand W. and Patricia A. Bedell.

She is survived by her husband, Timothy Flynn of Saco; three daughters, Makayla Powers of Dayton, and Adrienne and Chelsea Powers of Saco; stepdaughter Carrie Flynn and foster child Michelle McCran; her parents of Saco; three brothers, Stephen and David Bedell of Saco and Mark Bedell of Sun Valley, Calif.; and two sisters, Debra Emmanuelle of Portland and Carol Braley of Saco; and many nephews and nieces. She is predeceased by a brother, Brian Bedell in 1994; and a sister, Wendy, in 1987.

For years Linda was an advocate in the field of Integrative and Alternative medicine. Years ago she opened her business, Solutions in Integrative Medicine and was the President and CEO. She was instrumental in getting insurance companies to pay for alternative types of therapy. She testified in 1999 in Washington, D.C. for the House of Representatives Commission on Government Reform. She was also a member of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine in May of 2001. She spoke all over the country and in hospitals on this subject, and was a respected expert in this field, and contributed to a book on this subject titled: Integrating Complementary Medicine into Health Systems.

Linda was a singer and performed in this area for many years and was in a Crossroads Production of The Sound of Music. Linda loved music, her family and her farm.

Linda was a founding member of The Maine Beacon Church of Religious Science of Scarborough.

The family would like to express thanks to Elaine, Tina and Amanda from Interium Health for their loving care.

A memorial gathering will be held at her home at 25 Watson Mills Road, Saco on Friday, August 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. All are welcome to come.

Lorin T. Dyer, 85

Enjoyed trips to the race track

Lorin T. Dyer, 85, passed away July 27, 2006, at his home.

Born on Sept. 14, 1920, in Dexter, to Percy C. Dyer and Irene G. Dyer, he was the eldest of three sons. He attended Dexter schools.

Lorin married Millicent Martin, in Dexter, and the couple moved to South Portland, to raise their family. He worked at New England Shipbuilders as a crane operator, and performed other various jobs. In 1961, he joined the Carpenters Union, and he worked as a carpenter until his retirement in 1983.

Mr. Dyer enjoyed his trips to the race track, scenic drives, cooking, and spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his lovely wife, Millicent; his brothers Floyd and O'Neil; and his daughter Diane.

He's survived by his sons, David Dyer and his wife Patty of South Portland, and Dale Dyer and his wife Jean of Saco; grandchildren: Denise Littlefield and husband David of Scarborough, Kathy Dyer of South Portland, Cindy Dyer of Saco, Melanie Francis and her husband Tim of Buxton, Amy Lovejoy and husband Dennis of Buxton, Brian Dyer and wife Mindy of Saco, and Karen DiCenso and husband Keith of Steep Falls. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren: Samantha, Nicole, and Dennis Lovejoy, Dylan and Lauren Francis, Ashley Littlefield, Bella Hankston/Dyer, and Olivia Dyer.

Ross Raymond Googins, 83

Left many surviving loved ones

Ross Raymond Googins of Sebago Lake, peacefully departed this life for his heavenly home on Saturday, June 17, 2006, in Toledo, Ohio, at the age of 83.

Ray was born in Old Orchard Beach, July 22, 1922, to William and Muriel (Milliken) Googins.

He is survived by his loving wife Alice Googins; children: Stephen (Sheila) Googins (Toledo, Ohio); Teri (Donald) Byrnes (Westbrook); Cindy (Donald) Sakshaug (Sedro Woolley, Wash.); Richard Knights (Augusta); Amber (David) Bragdon (Scarborough); Karen Knights (Gray); David Kuntze and Paul Kuntze; Betty (Roger) Eaton; Nancy (Joe) Gobbi (New Hampshire); and Bill Makey (New Hampshire); brother Caroll (Ron) Googins (Topsham); sister-in-law Janet Nelson; brother-in-law Russell (Elaine) Lund (Falmouth); Charles Prunier (Southbridge, Mass.); Owen (Gloria) Kimball and William (Julie) Fernstorm (San Diego, Calif.) Ray leaves eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; special grandson Christopher Darrington; and a host of relatives and friends.

His former wives Frances Lund, Patricia Kuntze, and Ilona Knights; sister Rena Prunier; and parents William Googins and Murial Gooch preceded Ray in death.

Graveside services will be conducted by Pastor Robert Gustavson of Emmaus Lutheran Church, Falmouth, on July 29, 2006, at 11 a.m., at Lakeside Cemetery, N. Sebago.

Ruth L. Corey, 80

Especially loved the ocean

Ruth L. Corey, 80, of Portland, died Friday, July 28, 2006, at the Barron Center.

She was born in Biddeford on Dec. 10, 1925, the daughter of Fred and Nellie Watson Wallace, and attended Biddeford schools.

Mrs. Corey was a retired employee of the Portland School Department, where she worked as a custodian and matron. She worked primarily at the North School and Portland High School, and retired in 1990, at the age of 65.

Mrs. Corey loved to travel, and especially loved the ocean. She also enjoyed reading and doing puzzles. More than anything she loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also spent many hours as a volunteer with the Salvation Army.

She was predeceased by her husband Eldridge R. Corey; and two sisters, Clara Stone and Betty Corey. Surviving are two sons, Robert Corey and his wife Ellie of Scarborough, and Michael Corey and his fiance Beth Gosselin of Hiram; two daughters, Nancy Anderson of Cape Elizabeth, and Lillian Nile and her companion Paul Olas of Portland; two sisters, Esther Wallace of Massachusetts and Annie Wallace of Biddeford; and many grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Stella May Syska, 80

Class valedictorian

Stella May Syska, 80, died Saturday, July 22, 2006, at Falmouth By the Sea.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1925, in Malden, Mass., a daughter of Cleave Alexander and Bessie Presley Willey.

At the age of four, she moved to Maine. She attended South Portland schools, and was a graduate of South Portland High School.

Following high school, she married Joseph William Syska. She was later a graduate of Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in South Portland where she earned her nursing degree, and was also class valedictorian.

Mrs. Syska worked at South Portland Nursing Home as a LPN. She retired after over 20 years of service.

She was a very active woman. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, crossword puzzles, and cooking. Mrs. Syska also enjoyed music. She played the organ and piano and enjoyed singing. She also spent time traveling.

Mrs. Syska was involved in her community. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the Elm Street United Methodist Church in South Portland, where she was on the Missionary Society, and was a Camp Fire Leader for the Knightville neighborhood.

She is predeceased by her husband, Joseph William Syska; and five brothers, Lionel, Lawrence, Herbert, Kenneth, and Edward Willey.

She is survived by her son, William Syska of South Portland; two daughters, Elizabeth Betty Jean McEvoy of Fairfield, Conn., and Barbara Ann Dyer of Biddeford; one sister, Esther Smith and her husband Charles of Center Harbor, N.H.; and three grandchildren, Nathan Brewer, James Kemper, and Joseph Kemper.

Stephen M. Harmon, 63

Self taught carpenter-cabinetmaker

Stephen M. Harmon, 63, of Crescent City, Fla. and formerly of Maine, passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2006, at Putnam Community Medical Center after a long illness.

Steve was born in Lewiston on Aug. 1, 1942. Steve and his younger brother, Earl, were adopted from a large family in the late 1940s by Eldred and Elizabeth Harmon. He grew up and attended schools in Scarborough, and was a proficient, self taught carpenter-cabinetmaker, working in Maine, Vermont and Florida.

Steve enjoyed hunting, fishing and his many pet animals - especially numerous dogs named Sam.

His mother, Elizabeth, died in 1983. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Eldred & Patricia Harmon of Scarborough; two daughters, Deborah Danis of Biddeford, and Sherry Trauth and her husband Donnie of Bonaire, Ga.; two sons, Robert E. Harmon of Portland and Stephen F. Harmon; his brother Earl of Groesbeck, Texas; stepbrother Paul Murray and wife Eva of Matinicus Island; stepsister Peggy Murray of Kennebunk; several grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Steve is also survived by his good friends and extended family, Lois, Cookie Mauldin and her mother, Emerea Grammie Fryer, and their families of Crescent City, Fla. They adopted Steve as a brother, and have taken care of him and his affairs during his illness with much love and concern, and have treated him like a member of their family.

William Bill O'Neill, 84

Devoted grandfather of three

William Bill O'Neill, 84, passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at the Monarch Center in Saco. He was born in Biddeford on Oct. 8, 1921, the son of William J. and Hansina Grant O'Neill Sr. and attended Saco schools, graduating from Thornton Academy with the class of 1940.

He worked at Pepperell Manufacturing Company and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery before he served in the United States Navy during WWII as a quartermaster on PT boat #254 in the Pacific Theater. Bill was in the Solomon Islands, Bougainvillea and the Philippines.

Mr. O'Neill married Margaret Welch of Biddeford while on leave on Jan. 18, 1945. He returned to active duty in the Pacific until the war ended. After the war, he graduated from Providence College, receiving his Bachelor's of Arts. He further educated himself by attending Suffolk University in Boston, Mass., where he received his Masters and Doctorate of Law Degrees in 1956. In 1971, he also earned his Doctorate in Education from Boston University. Bill also received his Masters of Arts from University of Maine at Orono.

His career began as principal/teacher at Litchfield Academy and then in the same capacity at the Stockton Springs schools from 1957-1961. He was a principal at Community High School in Fort Kent in the early 60s. He was much beloved for coaching and the mentoring of many students. He and his family moved to Connecticut where Bill was principal at Killingly High School in Danielson, Conn., and then later on, Assistant Professor of Law at Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass. His last and most rewarding position was as Superintendent of Schools in the Biddeford Schools from 1975 until 1987.

Bill was pleased to be back home in Biddeford to finish up his career until his retirement in 1987. His lifelong hobbies included being an avid reader, sports fan, gardener, nature lover, and singer in church. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW of Biddeford. He was a devoted grandfather to his three grandchildren. He enjoyed walks on the beach with his wife for many years. Bill and Margaret traveled extensively during their retirement.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Margaret O'Neill of Biddeford; one daughter, Maureen (O'Neill) Butler and her husband James of Biddeford; one son, Michael O'Neill of Manchester, Conn.; one brother, Edward (Ted) O'Neill of Old Orchard Beach; two sisters, Theresa (O'Neill) Menard of Old Orchard Beach, and Grace (O'Neill) Litwinowich of Worcester, Mass.; and three grandchildren, Julia Butler, Sam Butler and John Butler of Biddeford.

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