Lillian Olsen Thomas
CASTINE—Lillian Olsen Thomas, 97, passed away on June 17, 2016, at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth, Maine. She was born on August 27, 1918, to Henrik and Ragnhild Olsen.
Lillian spent most of her life in Wethersfield, Conn., and was involved in a number of community endeavors, including the League of Women Voters and the Connecticut Opera Guild. She advocated enthusiastically for the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center and was an active member of the Wethersfield Garden Club for many years. At age 91 Lillian moved to Castine to be closer to her son and his family. She especially delighted in her great-grandchildren Caitlin and Will Tobey.
She is survived by her daughter Laura Thomas Sullivan (James) of Tucson, Ariz., and her son Robert S. Thomas (Barbara) of Castine, Maine.
She was predeceased by her husband John M. Thomas, her sister Eleanor Larson and her brother, Henry (Bud) Olsen.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Castine Fire Rescue Volunteer Association P.O. Box 602, Castine, ME 04421; Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center, 156 Prospect St., Wethersfield, CT 06109; or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.
The family will hold a private memorial at a future date. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport, ME. mitchelltweedie-young.com.
Marilyn Olive Byard Reuter
Marilyn Olive Byard Reuter passed onto heaven on September 10, 2015, after a long and fulfilling life. Born to loving parents Lloyd E. and Gladys Tappan Byard on August 13, 1922, she is preceded in death by them and her brother Barclay L. Byard (Millie).
Marilyn is survived by her many loving children: Richard Hall (Nancy), Phillip Hall (Joyce), Suzanne Hall Moore (Barry), Debra Hall Burton (Andy), Clifford S. Reuter IV (Marlla), Carolyn Reuter Woods (Jeff), George Reuter (Melissa), Sara Reuter, Nancy Reuter Barrett (Shane). Grammie Lynn was also blessed to have 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Marilyn was born and raised in Haverhill, Mass., but her heart was always in Sedgwick, Maine, the home of her Byard family and the beautiful sea that she was so drawn to.
Marilyn will be laid to rest Sunday, June 26, 2016, in the Rural Cemetery of Sedgwick, Maine. All of her Maine family and friends are welcome to join her Florida family and friends in her graveside memorial service.
Laurice Veryl Hardie
DEER ISLE—Laurice Veryl Hardie, age 80, died June 17, 2016, at the Island Nursing Home, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born January 30, 1936, in Little Deer Isle, the daughter of the late Elmer and Lucy Haskell.
She spent most of her life working at the Stonington Sardine Factory, shucking clams, and picking crab meat. Laurice loved soft-serve ice cream, birds and going for rides with her husband.
She is survived by four children: Lucy L. Poole of Brooklin, James E. Hardie Sr. and Sarah of Stonington, William J. Hardie Jr. and Vickie of Stonington, Troy L. Hardie and Angela of Deer Isle; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Laurice was predeceased by her husband, William J. Hardie Sr., and five siblings, one son-in-law, and one grandson.
Her graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Haskell Cemetery on Haskell District Road, Little Deer Isle, Maine. Arrangements entrusted to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Stonington, Maine. Online condolences may be shared at bragdonkelley.com.
Gail Lucille (Michaud) Bartlett
Gail Lucille (Michaud) Bartlett, 62, of Blue Hill, died peacefully at home on June 16, 2016, of ovarian cancer. She was born November 10, 1953, to George and Claire (Daigle) Michaud, in Holyoke, Mass. Her parents instilled in her the gifts of unconditional love and humility; her mother, the gift of inquiry. Her kin was a large, extended Franco-American family. She was happy growing up in a multi-cultural neighborhood in a small city, helping in the family’s corner grocery store. She was the proud recipient of a full scholarship to an experimental program at UMASS Amherst, where she met many lifelong friends. She later received a BA in Liberal Studies from Lesley College.
In her twenties Gail spent time traveling and living in British Columbia, Oregon, and San Francisco, Calif., before moving back East to Newburyport, Mass. She held a number of jobs from window dresser to tree-planter to macrobiotic cook, and early explorations in natural foods, yoga, and Buddhism would become lifelong practices. Gail was deeply curious, an original thinker, and encouraged others to think for themselves. She strove to live her life authentically, and in that pursuit, moved with her husband Richard Bartlett and young daughters Bryn and Robin to the Blue Hill Peninsula in 1987. Later they designed and built a beautiful home together in the woods of Blue Hill. Gail cultivated extensive organic vegetable and flower gardens. Home was a refuge, but Gail also loved this community. For 30 years she dedicated much of her time and energy to the Blue Hill Co-op. She was a longtime owner/member, and served as co-general manager, board member, and board president, for which she received a national award for her leadership in 2009. The Tree of Life and the Blue Hill Public Library also benefited from her generosity and knowledgeable service.
Gail will be remembered for her great mind, wise counsel, honesty, insight, sharp wit, vibrant voice, and her ability to create beauty and meaning out of the ordinary, love of the natural world, and of the contemplative life. She lived with integrity and awareness, and faced her death with incredible strength and courage. She was a loving wife, mother, mémère, and friend, and the emotional anchor of her family. She will be profoundly missed.
Gail is survived by her husband Richard, daughter Bryn Arbuckle and partner Gavin Protas, daughter Robin Bartlett Rissi and husband Christof Rissi, grandsons John and Miles Rissi, and her brother Robert Lacroix. We are grateful for the compassionate palliative care Gail received from the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Hancock County Homecare & Hospice, and to Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, our generous community, President Obama and the ACA. Donations may be made to the Blue Hill Public Library or Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County.
A memorial service will be held at the Morgan Bay Zendo in Surry on Saturday, June 25, 2016. At 2 p.m., there will be a 30-minute sitting meditation (optional) and a circle gathering at 3 p.m. in the meeting hall. All are welcome.
Salvatore A. Asaro Jr.
Salvatore A. Asaro Jr., professional artist and illustrator, 83, of Hopewell, N.J., passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Born in Passaic, he was raised in Nutley and was a resident of Hopewell for many years. Mr. Asaro was a graduate of Nutley High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts and Illustration from Pratt Institute. A talented artist, he was employed as an illustrator with RCA and General Electric, was a courtroom artist with CBS News in Philadelphia and produced publicity artwork for the 1987 Broadway musical The Wiz. Among his many works, his portrait of Winston Churchill is displayed at Blenheim Castle in Oxford, England and a tribute piece entitled “Forty Years of the U.S. Air Force” is part of the permanent collection at the Pentagon. Mr. Asaro was also a U.S. Navy veteran, an active member of the Hopewell community, serving as a councilman and former EMT with the Hopewell Volunteer Emergency Medical Unit and the Hopewell Volunteer Fire Department. His favorite landscapes and seascapes to paint were in Deer Isle and Stonington, Maine, his home away from home most summers.
Predeceased by his beloved wife, Anne (Harrison) Asaro, he is survived by his children, Elizabeth Anne Asaro, Mitchell David Asaro and Thaddeus Mark Asaro and Margaret Harrison Asaro. He also leaves his loving grandchildren, Giovanni, Katherine, Tanner, Antonio, Brodie and Bryce, and his sister Rose Marie Readel.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at 8:30 a.m., at S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home, 267 Centre St., Nutley. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Family Church, 28 Brookline Ave., Nutley, N.J., at 9:30 a.m., with burial at Highland Cemetery in Hopewell, N.J., at 3 p.m.
Wayne Robert Allen
SEDGWICK—Wayne Robert Allen, 86, passed away on June 17, 2016. He was born on April 4, 1930, in Blue Hill, Maine. He married the love of his life, Helaine Charlotte Allen, November 13, 1952. Wayne spent his life working in the forestry and blueberry industries.
In his younger years, Wayne and his brother Kermit owned and managed Allen Brothers, a wooding, lumber, and blueberry farming operations.
He was president of the family blueberry business, G.M. Allen & Son. The business originated as a cannery in North Sedgwick in 1912 and expanded in the early ’70s into the freezer operation in Orland.
Wayne attended Gould Academy where he was an avid athlete and excelled in basketball and baseball. After graduating in 1947 he enrolled at Stetson College in Boston. He eventually transferred to the University of Maine in Orono where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Wayne built a camp on Long Island in Blue Hill Bay where he enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, clam digging and plenty of camaraderie with family and friends.
He was active in coaching local youth baseball. He enjoyed attending all of his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events.
In the past 20 years, he and his wife Helaine spent their winters in Florida relaxing and entertaining. Wayne loved jai-alai and horse racing.
Wayne was a lifetime Freemason and brother of the Ira Berry Lodge #128 and Anah Temple Shrine. He was also a member of the Blue Hill Odd Fellows Lodge #79. Many were touched by his kindness and generosity.
Wayne is survived by his brother Kermit Allen of Blue Hill, and sister Joan Dillard of Harvard, Mass., and brother-in-law Prin Allen of Brooklin; his sons, John and wife Getti, Paul and partner Janie Greenlaw, Eric and wife Joan, Spencer and wife Susan, Tom, his daughters Ruth Allen-Gray and husband Darrell, Trude Beardsworth and husband Jeffrey; grandchildren, Patrick Allen and wife Monica, Shadi Allen and husband Chad Seiler, Eben Allen, Golnar Allen and husband Robard Williams, Hannah Williams and husband Brett, Simeon Allen and wife Alyssa, Natasha Allen, Brandon Allen and wife Meaghan, Colby Allen and wife Sophia, Sadie Beardsworth and fiancé Jesse Carter, Madeline Gray, Sidney Beardsworth and Cora Gray; great-grandchildren Lily, Zachary, Gavin, Gabriel, Leila, Jonah and Leo as well as his extended family and treasured friends.
He was predeceased by his wife Helaine.
A special thanks goes out to his many caregivers who loved and cared for him, especially Rachel Munson.
A committal will be held with Masonic honors at the Pine Grove Cemetery in North Sedgwick on Sunday, July 3, 2016, at 3 p.m., followed by a celebration of life at his home, 75 Sedgwick Ridge Road.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to be made to the North Sedgwick Baptist Church, 155 North Sedgwick Road, Sedgwick, Maine 04676.