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Juliana V. Pomerleau, 1926 - 2016

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Juliana V. Pomerleau, 90, of 36 Avalon Street, Lewiston, died Saturday, October 29, 2016, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, following a brief illness and with her family by her side. Born in Lewiston on June 19, 1926, she was the daughter of Donat and Dolores Paquette Beaucage. Educated in local schools, she graduated from the Cours Superieur, and then went to Lewiston High School, graduating with the Class of ’45. On May 6, 1950, she married Roland H. Pomerleau. Mr. Pomerlaeau passed away in 1993. She worked in several different offices over the years, including several years in the Accounts Payable department of Etonic until her retirement. …

Claire M. Lagace, 1929 - 2016

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Claire M. Lagace, 87, of Lewiston, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, with her family at her side, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. She was born in Lewiston on July 27, 1929, a daughter of Maurice and Marie Anne Aubut Malo. Claire graduated from Lewiston High School, Class of ’46, and progressed to the Auburn Maine School of Commerce, where she graduated in 1948. Upon graduation, she was employed in the office of W.S. Libbey Co. for ten years, and then went to work as a bookkeeper for her husband’s business until his retirement. She had been a lifetime communicant of Holy Family Church, Prince of Peace Parish, and was a choir member for over 61 years, after which she joined the Holy Family Funeral Choir. …

Lucien A. Asselin, 1927 - 2016

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Lucien A. Asselin, 89, of Lewiston, died at Marshwood Nursing Home in Lewiston on October 15th, 2016, following a short illness. Born in Lewiston on March 17, 1927, he was the son of Wilfred and Alice Berube Asselin. He served in the US Navy during Wold War II, worked for many years for the Androscoggin Sheriff’s Department, and after retiring became a constable and served papers for area lawyers. He was predeceased by his wife, Yolande, in 2005, and his son Daniel in 2016. He leaves behind a sister, Jackie Duclos and husband Normand of Berlin, NH, sister-in-law Jackie Laurie of Lewiston, his partner of ten years, Annette Beauchesne, along with many nieces and nephews. 

Leonard David Bell, 1927 - 2016

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Leonard David Bell, noted philanthropist, entrepreneur, and political activist, was born in Lewiston, Maine, on January 19, 1927 and passed away in Boca Raton, Florida, at the age of 89 on October 5, 2016. Leonard lived his first forty years in his native Maine where he graduated from Lewiston High School and attended Bowdoin College. He received his B. A. in 1947. An engaging and charismatic figure, he held many leadership roles on campus, including business manager of the school newspaper and chair of the Red Cross drive. Upon graduation, Leonard and his brother, Irving, founded Rose Woven Label Company (later renamed Bell Manufacturing Company). …

Edith Oestrich, 1928 - 2016

Edith Oestrich, 88, formerly of Brunswick, died Sunday, October 2, 2016, at the Highlands Living Facility in Topsham, where she had been a resident since March.  Born in Germany on September 7, 1928, she was the daughter of Herman and Lea Kujawski Wallach. She came to the United States after World War II, and in 1949 married Ralph Oestrich in New York City. Mr. Oestrich passed away on July 14, 2006. She was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. She loved having friends and family over to her house, and was famous for her dinner parties. Edith and her husband travelled all over the world during their marriage, but for her nothing compared to the coast of Maine. …

Suzanne B. DeBlois, 1947 - 2016

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Suzanne B. Deblois, 69, of 13 Mt. Hope Avenue, Lewiston, died at her home on Monday, September 26, 2016. Born in Lewiston on January 12, 1947, she was the daughter of Eddie and Marie Turcotte DeBlois. Educated in local schools, she was a graduate of Lewiston High School, Class of ’65. She worked as a nurse for several years, then worked as a secretary for the Isaacson & Raymond Law Firm, and later the Lewiston Public Works Department, and finally spent many years as a transcriptionist at Tri-County Mental Health. Survivors include several cousins and close friends, especially June Michaud and Lou Samson, both of Lewiston. …

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