Dawn (Payson) Safford
Castine—Dawn (Payson) Safford, 84, died on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from injuries sustained from a fall, with her loving family by her side. She was born on June 13, 1931, in Ashland, the daughter of Harold T. and Ethel F. (Dickson) Payson.
Dawn was a very private person, with a passion for knitting. She belonged to the Monday morning knitting group at the Castine library and the Tuesday Shawl Ministry at the Main Street Church. Dawn retired to Castine to live with her sister in 2007. Since moving she has knitted more than 1,400 preemie caps for babies at EMMC. During her first years in Castine you would find Dawn reading to the young children at the Otter House Day Care.
She is survived by her siblings: brother Richard Payson and wife Janet of Millbrook, Ala., sisters Bette Norris of Castine and Patricia Payson of Orland, daughter-in-law Laurie Safford of Largo, Fla. Grandchildren: Amy Safford whom Dawn raised as her own, Amanda Meyers and fiancé Michael Porrini; Jayson Meyers, Tamara Harrison and husband Cory. Great-grandchildren: Ayla Safford whom Dawn raised for seven years, Isabelle Freeman, Kayden Freeman, Gianna Porrini and Mike Porrini Jr., along with eight nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, daughter Susan Taylor, son Alan Safford, brothers Paul Payson and Robert Payson and nephew L. Joseph Norris.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at Castine Cemetery with her nephew the Rev. Aaron Payson and the Rev. Tim Hall officiating. A reception will follow at the Main Street Church.
Arrangements are under the care of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services Bucksport (mitchelltweedie-young.com).
Patricia Ann Payson
Grieving the loss of her sister Dawn (Payson) Safford, who passed away on September 25, 2015, Patricia Ann Payson, 73, of Orland, Maine, suffered a massive heart attack and passed away September 30, 2015, at the Brewer Center for Health & Rehabilitation where she had been since early July. She was born on August 29, 1942, the daughter of Harold T. and Ethel F. (Dickson) Payson.
Pat retired to Maine from Connecticut in 2007 to be near her sisters. She spent six years working at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine as a Communications Specialist.
She is survived by her siblings: brother Richard Payson and wife Janet of Millbrook, Ala., and sister Bette Norris of Castine, Maine, along with eight nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, brothers Paul Payson and Robert Payson, niece Susan Taylor and nephews L. Joseph Norris and Alan Safford.
A joint graveside service for the two sisters will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the Castine Cemetery with her nephew the Rev. Aaron Payson and the Rev. Tim Hall officiating. A reception will follow at the Main Street Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shawl Ministry of the Trinitarian Congregational Parish, P.O. Box 108, Castine, ME 04421.
AUGUSTA, MAINE—Matt Merfeld, 83, passed away September 28, 2015, at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta after a short battle with cancer. He was born February 6, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., the son of the late Mathias and Anna Merfeld.
He graduated from Palatine High School and then received a degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. Later, after his service in the Navy, he attended graduate school at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., where he received both his Master of Arts and Doctorate of Education.
After teaching at Montclair State University (N.J.) for a few years, Matt moved the family to Castine, Maine, in 1970 where he was a professor of mathematics for 25 years.
For the past nine months he resided at the Balsam House, a lovely residential care home in Readfield, Maine, near his son, Peter and his family in Augusta. Prior to that he spent two years in Belfast and 43 years in Castine.
He proudly shared a birthday with Babe Ruth, February 6. He enjoyed seeing the large life-size portrait of the Babe at Darby’s in Belfast where he and longtime companion Nancy Carr enjoyed lunch over the years. He missed Nancy very much after her passing in November 2014. They shared many great memories after Matt retired from Maine Maritime Academy and moved into the Castine lighthouse where Nancy had been since the late 1960s.
Growing up outside of Chicago, Matt was a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. He was so pleased to hear in the days leading up to his passing that the Cubs clinched a playoff berth this year.
Matt was a high school track star. He lettered all four years in track at Illinois Tech, running the 400 and 800. Later in life he took up tennis and golf and continued to run. In recent years you could find him watching golf and rooting for the Americans, especially Phil Mickelson. Football was a big part of his life as well. He worked in the booth at many Maine Maritime Academy football games during his tenure.
Matt was most proud of his service in the Navy, serving for nearly two years in the South Pacific aboard the USS Kenneth Whiting AV-14.
He was a veteran, son of immigrants, retired college mathematics professor, loved woodworking, making furniture and gardening, a World War II history buff, stamp collector, avid reader, fan of the Turner Classic Movie channel and crossword puzzles, and proud grandfather of three.
Matt is survived by his two sons, Mark Merfeld of New York City, and Peter Merfeld of Augusta, Maine, and his wife Melissa, and his grandchildren Johnathan, Kolbe and Elizabeth. He is also survived by his sister Nancy Merfeld Busse and her husband, Gordon Busse of Palm Springs, Calif., and his two nephews Craig Busse, of Oroville, Calif., and Todd Busse, of Palm Springs, Calif.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Castine Cemetery, Castine, Maine.
Gifts in Matt’s memory can be made to Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area (hvwa.org) or MaineGeneral Hospice (give.mainegeneral.org/hospice). Condolences to the family can be expressed at plummerfh.com.