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Lucienne C. Levesque, 1918 - 2014

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Lucienne C. Levesque, age 96, died May 21, 2014 at Seaside Nursing Home in Portland with her family by her side. Born in Lille, Maine on February 4, 1918, she was a daughter of Emile and Laura Cyr Doucette. Soon after her birth, when Lucienne's mother died, her aunt and uncle, Adelard and Laura Doucette Morin, lovingly took her in and raised her.  The family moved to Lewiston shortly thereafter and Lucienne lived most of her life there, where she attended St. Peter's School and was a communicant of SS Peter & Paul Church.
Lucienne was a whiz with a sewing machine and earned a living stitching sheets, blankets and pillow cases for West Point Pepperell and Bates Manufacturing, retiring in 1985.  …

Virginia May Beck, 1926 - 2014

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Virginia May Beck, 87, of 4 Teakwood Knoll, Lewiston, passed away at her home on Sunday, May 18, 2014, with her family by her side. Born in Lewiston on August 3, 1926, she was the daughter of Alexander and Gladys Carville Kittila. Educated in local schools, she graduated from Lewiston High School, Class of ’44, and then attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing, graduating in 1948. She married Holman G. Beck in 1948 and spent many years as a homemaker, raising seven children on Bailey and Bellegarde Avenues, where friends and family were always welcome, no invitation needed. …

Marcel N. Charest, 1925 - 2014

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The world lost Marcel N. Charest on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris. Marcel was born in Auburn, Me. Feb, 18, 1925, the twelfth of seventeen children to Thomas and Amanda Charest. He attended Lewiston schools prior to enlisting in the Army as a Rifleman in April, 1943, He saw combat in the African Middle Eastern and the European theaters, earning a number of medals including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart with Cluster. Like many of the heroes from the Greatest Generation, he returned home in November, 1945 and quietly resumed his life, never boasting of his exploits.

 Simone L. Caron, 1912 - 2013

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 Simone L. Caron, a long-time resident of Lewiston and Auburn, passed away Saturday, Oct. 12 in Corvallis, Ore., in the loving presence of her son, Andre, and his family.

Simone was born Oct. 12, 1912, to O. Willie and Yvonne Thibault in Lewiston. She was married to Conrad Caron and participated in the operation of the family grocery store and real estate holdings for several years prior to their sale.

She is survived by her two sons, their wives and families, Andre and Beverly of Corvallis, Ore. and Maurice and Trudy of West Chester, Pa.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and their families.

David W. Ehrenfried, 1929 - 2014


   David W. Ehrenfried, of 4 McArthur Ave., Lewiston, died on Thursday, May 8, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

   He was born in Lewiston on July 21, 1929, the son of Jacob B. and Mildred Dawber Ehrenfried. He attended Lewiston public schools and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1947. 

    David graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1951 and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean war.

    In 1956, he began a long career in journalism at the Lewiston Sun-Journal, starting as a reporter and later as news editor of The Lewiston Daily Sun where he had overall supervision of the morning newspaper.

Richard T. Ayer, 1927 - 2014

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Richard T. Ayer, 86, of 211 Ashton Road, Norway, died at his home surrounded by  his loving   family on Monday, May 5, 2014, following a brief illness. Born in Norway on October 16, 1927, he was the son of Theodore and Frances Adams Ayer. Educated in Norway schools, he went off to work in the woods as a logger at age 17 finishing his education while serving in the U.S. Army. After his military service, he worked in the woods for several years then he went to work at A. C. Lawrence Tannery where he started unloading hides from boxcars and ending up as plant manager. …

Alphena E. Richard, 1919 - 2014

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Alphena E. Richard, 94, formerly of 216 Grove Street, Lewiston, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Clover Manor in Auburn, where she had been a resident for the past four years. Born in Lewiston on November 23, 1919, she was the daughter of Adolphe and Exilia Nolin Bernier. Educated in Holy Family School, she married Joseph Richard on June 29, 1936 in Holy Family Church. Mr. Richard passed away on April 3, 2012. For many years she worked with her husband in the family business, Joseph Richard & Sons Landscaping. A talented seamstress, she loved sewing for her grandchildren, but her favorite activity was always dancing with her husband. …

Phyllis E. Lafontaine, 1925 - 2014

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Phyllis E. Lafontaine, 88, formerly of 84 Shawmut Street, Lewiston, died Thursday, May 1, 2014, at  Clover Health Care in Auburn. She was born in Portland on October 1, 1925 to Eugene and Lena Thomas Cummings. She was raised by her grandparents Charles and Hattie Thomas of Lisbon. She attended Lisbon schools and graduated in 1944. Phyllis was very skilled at sewing and needlepoint. She made clothing, aprons, and intricate doilies. As a teenager she won ribbons from 4H. On May 29, 1948 she married Gerald Lafontaine. They made their home on Shawmut St. Summers were spent at their camp on Sabattus Lake where they often entertained friends and family. …

Stella O. Marcoux, 1923 - 2014

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Stella O. Marcoux (Fleurange Stella Ouellette), 91, a resident of Sarah Frye Home, 751 Washington Street, Auburn, formerly of 10 Oak Street, Lewiston and 20 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn, died Thursday morning May 1st, at the Clover Health Care facility following a brief illness. Stella was born in Lewiston, Maine April 22, 1923, daughter of Josephel and Emelia (Duquette) Ouellette.  She was a lifelong resident of Lewiston and Auburn.  While growing up in New Auburn, she attended St. Louis elementary school.  She and her brother Aime escaped from the Great New Auburn Fire on May 15, 1933 as the roof burned on St. …

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