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PGC Ernie Brunault Enters Eternal City Council

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Ernest WBrunaultJr., 86, of Holyoke passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Ernest W. and Veronica (Barut) Brunault, Sr., was a graduate of Holyoke High School Class of 1948, and Holyoke Community College in 1950 where he received his Associate's Degree in Accounting.

Ernie was a member of Holyoke Council 571, serving on the Executive Committee and received his Past Counselor honors in 1973. Ernie served the Grand Council of New England from 1975-1981 on the Grand Executive Committee, receiving his honors as Past Grand Counselor in 1981.

Ernie was a United States Navy Veteran of the Korean War, serving aboard the aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt and was a retired 42 year proprietor of Holyoke Sporting Goods. Active in many local sports leagues, he was one of the founders of the Holyoke Youth Football League and was honored as Parade Marshal for the Holyoke Youth Baseball League Jamboree in 1981. Ernie was an incorporator of the Volleyball Hall of Fame while a member of the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.

He was named Alumnus of the Year for Holyoke Community College in 1988. A longtime member of the Melha Shriner's Organization, he was past Commander of the Shriner's Flyers Unit and Mariners Unit. He also belonged to the Holyoke Lodge of Elks, #902, Agawam Lions Club, American Legion Post 325, and the Mt. Tom Masonic Lodge.

Ernie was an active member and past President of the Beavers Club of Hampshire and Hampden Counties and a fifty year member of the Holyoke Knights of Columbus Council 90.

He has been an active communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church since 1955. Ernie was the widower of Theresa (Lanucha) Brunault, who died in 1998. He is survived by two daughters, Mary Ellen Cochran and her husband Stephen of Agawam and Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Frey and her husband Bruce of Holyoke. His grandchildren William and Stephanie Cochran a brother, Attorney Harold Brunault and his wife Paula of Holyoke, and several nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. Besides his parents Ernie was predeceased by a sister, Anita L. Busby. Ernie was an avid bowler, loved to play cards and travel with his wife. His part time job in retirement was collecting for the Shriners.

Ernie was a very generous person donating his time and resources to many organizations and his family. He was a true 'Holyoker' always giving back to his community. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Easthampton.

Condolences to PGC Bob and Nacy Hutchinson

Penny Sue Forrest Myrick, 53, of Auburn, daughter of Nancy and PGC Bob Hutchinson, passed away  Thursday, Jan. 5, at Central Maine Medical Center following an extended illness.

She was born in Lewiston on March 1, 1963, to Nancy Carroll Forrest Hutchinson and the late Richard Forrest. Penny was educated in Auburn Schools, graduating from Edward Little in 1981. After high school, she attended CMVTI where she earned her associate degree in architectural and civil engineering. Penny worked for Harriman for more than 20 years.

On Aug. 7, 1987, Penny married Jim Myrick and they settled into their lives in Auburn. Penny and Jim’s lives changed for the best in 1992 – with a son, Casey Robert Myrick and in 1995 with daughter Brittany Lauren Myrick. Penny’s greatest love was for her family, but especially Casey and Brittany. She would go to the ends of the earth for their happiness, which in turn brought her the greatest joy. Whether it was driving countless hours every weekend to see Casey ski race. Or spending a long exhausting day looking at colleges with Brittany. She did it all for her children, and was so proud of their accomplishments. She instilled in them her passion for life and enduring determination as she encouraged them to attain their greatest goals in life.

Although her illness was long and grueling, no matter the day, Penny always had a smile on her face. Her smile was contagious to others, and she could make anyone forget about a bad day. She taught everyone around her exactly what strength, courage and resilience meant as she battled this beast with grace each and every day for more than three years.

Penny is survived by her husband, Jim; children, Casey and Brittany; and grandchild, Zayden; mother, Nancy Hutchinson and stepfather, Robert Hutchinson, of Auburn; brother, Scott Hutchinson and wife, Megan, of Wisconsin; stepbrother, Glenn Hutchinson and wife, Tammie, of Wisconsin; brother-in-law, Jerry Myrick and wife, Paula, of Minot; brother-in-law, John Myrick and wife, Deb, of Gardiner; father-in-law, Bruce Myrick and wife, Rita, of Sabattus; many aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her father, Richard Forrest.

Thank you to all of our family and friends for their unwavering love and kindness. A very special thanks to Penny’s angels on earth, her best friends; Monique Weber, Kristi Norcross and Barbie Campbell. She was a beautiful soul gone much too soon.

George Taragowski Enters Eternal City Council

PGC George P. Taragowski, 86, of Mill Pond Road, Hamden, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the Apple Rehab of West Haven.

He was the husband of the late Ann Carmody Taragowski. George was born in New Haven on May 10, 1929; son of the late Vincent A. and Katheryn Wood Taragowski; served his country faithfully in the US Army during the Korean War and had worked as a Field Auditor for the State of Connecticut Labor Department Unemployment Division for 25 years until his retirement.

He was a member of the United Commercial Travelers New Haven Council 293. George joined UCT in 1961 at the age of 32 and served New Haven Council for more than 50 years receiving his Past Counselor's honors in 1982 and his Past Grand Counselor's honors in 1994. He was also a member of the Elm City Banjo Society.

Father of Judith (Antonio Sr.) Costantino, Barbara (Hernando) Chaves and the late Donald G. and William R. Taragowski, Sr. Also survived by eight grandchildren and four great grandsons. Predeceased by his siblings, Kathleen T. Hanchuruck, William V. and Robert C. Taragowski, Dorothy T. Ludington and Eleanor T. Mursko and by his longtime companion, Eleanor Kacy. His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Saturday at 9:30 am. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Therese Church at 10:00 AM. Interment with full military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

PGC Dick  Pyne Enters Eternal City Council

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PGC Richard A. (Dick) Pyne, 78, a longtime resident of South Portland, died Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough with his family at his side. He was born in Medford, Mass. on July 25, 1936. He was the son of Charles F. and Rosemary E. (Dickenson) Pyne. He graduated from Christopher Columbus H. S., Boston, Mass., and received a BA in Sociology from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish N.S. Canada in 1958.

He married Mary M. Beaton on August 23, 1958 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Winthrop, Mass.

He worked in finance and banking with Household Finance Corporation and Portland Savings Bank. Prior to full retirement, he was a school bus driver for Cape Elizabeth Schools. He was known as the Singing School Bus Driver. His love of guitar playing, singing and entertaining was well known to anyone who knew him.

Dick joined UCT in 1967 and served through the chairs of Portland Council 103 receiving his Past Counselor's honors in 1982. He continued to serve the council and was local council secretary for many years until the council closed in 2015. He served the Grand Council of New England through the chairs and receved his PGC honors in 1991.

Richard was an active member of the community. He was an Eagle Scout and Scout Master in MA and ME. He was a member and past president of the So. Portland – Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club; was a member and served as the Grand Counselor of New England for the United Travelers of America; served on the So. Portland Housing Authority for many years; was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and past Grand Knight of the Cheverus/Holy Cross K of C #2344.

He was an avid golfer and deer hunter. He was a co-founder and coach of So. Portland Youth Hockey. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a reservist.
Richard was predeceased by an infant daughter, Cynthia Anne; and a sister, Rosemary Burns of Mass. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mary M. Pyne; two sons, Richard J. and his wife Katie of Roanoke, Va.; Francis X. and his wife Sheryl of Virginia Beach, Va., one daughter, Maureen P. Whitney and her husband Thomas of Melbourne, Fla.; six grandchildren: Corinne, Meaghan, Laura, Scott, Samantha and Erin; three great-grandchildren: Rose, Ruth and Elizabeth; two brothers; C. Edmund and his wife Marita of Massachusetts and David W. of Florida; 3 sisters; Marita A. Pyne of Massachusetts, Bernadette and her husband John Gibson of Massachusetts and Andrea and her husband Peter Farquhar of California.

 Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.

PC Bernie Poltack Enters Eternal City Council

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Bernard C. Poltack (Bernie), of Manchester, NH passed away on May 10, 2015, at Villa Crest Nursing Home after a brief illness, at the age of 87. Born and raised in Manchester, he was the loving son of Stanley and Mary Poltack (Sharek).

Bernie was the owner of Bernie's Ignition on Varney Street for 35 years. He was proud to serve his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Bernie was a valued member of the Manchester Council 195 of the Order of United Commercial Travelers for 57 years and received his Past Counselor honors in 1982. Bernie continued to serve the council for many years, sharing his wisdom on the executive committee along with Sophie. He will be greatly missed in Manchester Council. Although he never served on the line of officers or the Grand Executive Committee, Bernie always had a Grand Committee appointment. He was also a proud member of the Elks No. 146 for 61 years and a member of the Henry J. Sweeney Post No. 2.

Bernie enjoyed dancing, traveling, fishing, hunting, tending to his vegetable garden, and spending time with his family and friends, telling stories and playing cards. He was known for his twinkling blue eyes and an infectious smile to everyone that knew and loved him. He leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Sophie Poltack. They proudly celebrated their 61st anniversary at the hospital surrounded by their children and grandchildren. He also leaves three children, Stephen Poltack and wife Stephanie of Manchester, Cynthia Poltack of Merrimack, and Michael Poltack of Candia; as well as three grandchildren, Joseph, Jacob and Nicole Poltack. He was the dear brother of Dorothy Duhaime and her husband, Armand; and the late Henry J. Poltack. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

His funeral was held on Thursday, May 21st. Interment followed in the Holy Trinity Cemetery, Goffstown.

Ray Gosselin Enters Eternal City Council

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Raymond A. Gosselin, 94, of Manchester, died on Friday, April 3, 2015, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. He was born on July 16, 1920, in Manchester, son of the late Frederick and Hortence (Vincent) Gosselin.He was predeceased by his first wife of over 50 years, Leanne (Roy) Gosselin, and his second wife of 13 years, Rena (Morissette) Cartier, as well as his sister, Jeannette Wozniak.

Ray served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II
, and was involved D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

He was the founder of Ray's Refrigeration in Manchester. He
 was a 40 year member and past president of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society and a Past Counselor of United Commercial Travelers of America, Council No. 195. Ray served through the line of officers and continued for many years as a member and chairman of the local council executive committee, he was a 50 year member of Manchester Council. He was very committed to Manchester Council. When his first wife Leanne was very ill and could no longer attend local council meetings he continued to come for the meeting, passing over the dinner beforehand. Although he never served on the grand line, he held numerous committee appointments within the Grand Council of New England. He had many friends in UCT in New England and will be missed by all.

In his free time, Ray enjoyed dancing, cruising and traveling.

He is survived by his children, Paul Gosselin of Auburn, Elaine Pinard of Bedford, Connie Bartlett of Manchester, Jackie Buxton of Manchester, and Charlene Westervelt of Litchfield; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Domenic Grande Enters Eternal City Council

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Domenic Grande, “The Jolly Green Giant”, passed away March 24, 2015. He was 92 years old.

He was the son of the late William and Carmela (Pontarelli) Grande. He is survived by his loving wife Claire A. (Merlino) Grande; step-son Vincent Macari and his wife Carol, and Robin Quinn and her husband Wayne. Papa of Ashley and Christopher Macari; brother of John Grande, Mary Autieri and Evelyn Ferraro; uncle of Bobby, Anthony and Michael Autieri, John and Steve Ferraro, and Billy Grande. He was also the brother of the late Michael Grande.

Domenic was the president and operator of Eastern Cabinet Works and a member of the Carpenters Union Local 351. Domenic was an active member of Providence Council 67 for 58 years. He joined Providence Council on April 1, 1957 and served on the executive committee and served through the line of officers receiving his honors as Past Counselor in 1982.

Domenic served as Grand Counselor of the Grand Council of New England during the 2006-2007 membership year and received his honors as a Past Grand Counselor of the Order of United Commercial Travelers of America on May 31, 2008, He enjoyed cooking, gardening and making homemade wine which he gifted to his many friends in New England.

Domenic will be eulogized at the Grand Session this year at the Double Tree Hotel in Leominster, MA. He will be missed by all the members that knew him. He will be missed for his big smile and his even bigger heart.

Alfred A. Maddalena

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SOUTH YARMOUTH - Alfred Andrew Maddalena, 102, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Cape Cod Hospital.

The son of the late Antonio and Maria (DeBonis), he attended Worcester schools before marrying the late Lillian E. Gleason on June 29, 1940. He worked as a machinist at Leland-Gifford before opening Clearview Service Station in Worcester with his brothers Albert and Vincent Velleco in 1946. Alfred retired to South Yarmouth, MA in 1987 and married Bernadette (Auger) on August 6, 1987. She survives him.

He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and taking men's cooking classes at the South Yarmouth Senior Center.

He was predeceased by brothers Anthony and John Maddalena, Albert and Vincent Velleco, sisters Christine Giannino, Rose Tiesler, Dorothy Putnam and Mary Gregg.
He is survived by sons, Alfred J. (Patricia) Maddalena of Niantic, CT and James A. (Jane) Maddalena of West Boylston, MA; four grandchildren, Craig (Tammy) Maddalena of Hopedale, MA, Jeffrey (Christine) Maddalena of Gloucester, MA; Paul Maddalena of Worcester; and Kristin (Paul) DeMarco of Windham, NH; five great-grandchildren, Jake, Taylor and Jocelyn Maddalena, Emma and Ryan DeMarco; sisters Ann Goddard of Worcester and Matilda Kenney of Hull, MA. He is also survived by adopted daughter Leeann (Chad) Taylor of Middleburg, FL and her children Catharine and Landon, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

Carolina T. (Cavallaro) Carbone

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5/2/1929 - 08/19/2014

Carol Carbone entered the Eternal City Council on Tuesday, August 19. at the age of 85. She died peacefully, with her beloved husband of 64 years, Benjamin Carbone and her family by her side. Born in Providence, RI, a daughter of the late James Cavallaro and Florence (Voccio) Cavallaro she was a life-long resident of Providence. Carol is survived by her son, Steven B. Carbone of Scituate, RI, daughter Sharon (Nichols) Souza, and son-in-law David Souza of Cranston, RI. She was a loving grandmother to Stephanie Nichols, Stacey Nichols, Kerri Carbone, and Joseph Carbone and his wife Annalisa . She was a great-grandmother to Ashley, Andrew, Philip Joseph and an expected great-grandchild. She was a wonderful sister to Charles Cavallaro, his wife Ethel of Johnston, James Cavallaro, his wife Janet, and sister-in-law Dotty Carbone as well as her late sisters Ida Marzilli and Rose Wood . She leaves many nieces, nephews, friends, and loved ones, including Bob Almeida. She was a member of the United Commercial Travelers and Y.P.S.C. Carol's legacy is of love and friendship. 
Her Funeral was held  from the NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME & Crematory  Cranston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Matthew’s Church, Cranston. Burial took place in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.

Stewart A. Wagner, PSC

Past Supreme Counselor, Stewart A. Wagner, 64, of Kankakee, Illinois passed away Saturday (Aug. 31, 2014) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He leaves behind his wife Mary.

He was born Feb. 18, 1950, in Kankakee, the son of Arthur E. and Caroline V. Wagner. He married Mary Powell on Feb. 14, 1970, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Kankakee. She survives, of Kankakee.

Stewart was a retired manager of Mike's Corner Shell in Coal City, had worked at Birmingham Steel and several local radio and television stations. A 1968 graduate of Kankakee Eastridge High School, he attended Kankakee Community College and joined United Commercial Travelers (UCT) in 1968, where he served in local and regional offices and on numerous committees on the international level. He was elected as the Supreme Sentinel of UCT in 2006.

He also had been a member of the Gleaner Life Insurance Society and the Moose Lodge. He had served on the board of the Illinois Fraternal Council and was its past president. He had also been a volunteer for Hospice of Kankakee Valley.

In addition to his wife; surviving are one niece; one nephew; and six great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Edwin; one sister-in-law; and one nephew.

Stewart followed PSC Jim Walsh through the Supreme line and received his honors in 2012. He was considered a great fraternalist in the Grand Jurisdiction of Illinois.

Andre B. Soucy, PGC

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Andre B. Soucy, 87, a lifelong Lowell resident, died Wednesday May 28, 2014 at D'Youville Senior Care surrounded by those who loved him. He shared 58 years of marriage with the late Rita M. (Furtado) Soucy who passed away in 2005. 

Born in Lowell on June 19, 1926, he was a son of the late Joseph F. and Eva (Beausoleil) Soucy. 

Andy enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II, serving aboard the SS Robert Stuart, where he received the following medals, WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. 

Over the years, Andy's career spanned in many areas throughout Lowell including associations with Armour & Co., Conant's Market and Belvidere Beef & Fish, Inc. He was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Parish and held membership in both their Holy Name and St. Vincent de Paul Societies. He proudly served as a Past Grand Counselor of the Grand Council of New England, Order of United Commercial Travelers of America having been a member for over 60 years. 

Andy is survived by his children, Joan and Michael Armstrong of Lowell; Patricia and Thomas Hebert of Lowell; Judith Hartman of Westerville, OH; Brian and Carol Soucy of Pelham, NH; Cheryl and Leo Sheridan of Lowell; Joseph and Maureen Soucy of Lowell; his grandchildren, Michael Nangle, Laurie King, Kelly Nangle, Christopher Armstrong, Jennifer Armstrong, Melissa Hebert, Matthew Hebert, Leslie Desrochers, Brittany Hartman, Kaitlin Soucy, Matthew Soucy, Kristen Laurin, Leo Sheridan, Ashley Soucy, Jonathan Soucy; his great grandchildren, Jillian and Kendall Nangle, Thomas, Sean, Colin and Owen King, Kaylie, Riley, Cassie and Cara Armstrong, Emilie Tackett, Emma Desrochers, and Baby L expected in October; a sister, Cecile Joyal of Tyngsboro; nieces, nephews, and dear friends. He was predeceased by his daughter and son in law, Carol A. and Robert P. Nangle, his grandson, Brian E. Soucy, Jr. and his brothers, Rene H. Gerald A., Maurice L., and Donald P. Soucy. 

Andy's family would like to express their heart-felt appreciation to the staff at D'Youville Senior Care for the compassionate way in which he was cared for during his time there.

Eulogy from Grand Convention  
by PGC Henry Cheetham  


Guy Carleton Stowe, PGC

G. Carleton Snowe of Auburn, ME and Sarasota, FL joined the Eternal City Council on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the age of 95.

Carlie was born in West Gardiner, ME on December 9, 1918 to Guy Rueben and Hazel Trafton Snowe. He moved to Auburn at a young age and was a 1936 graduate of Edward Little High School, and later graduated from New England Institute.

He served as a machinist's mate in the Navy in WWII. After the war he worked for his father-in-law at Dillingham and Sons Funeral Home. In 1947 he founded Maine American Burial Vault Company, which later became Superior Concrete Company. In 1966 he and his wife Barbara opened Old Tavern Shops in Litchfield, ME

In 1939 he married the love of his life Barbara Dillingham. They were married for 72 years until her death in 2012.

Carlie was an outstanding leading businessman of the community and active civically. He belonged to several charitable, business and fraternal organizations including UCT which he joined on December 22, 1948 as a member of Twin City Council 160. He served as Grand Counselor in 1959-1960 and received his PGC honors on May 1, 1961.

He is survived by his daughter Gretchen Snowe-Bly and husband Chuck Bly, former daughter-in-law US Senator Olympia J. Snowe, widow of son Peter, (whom he always thought of as a daughter) and her husband, former Governor John McKernan. He is also survived by several grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great, great grandaughter. He also leaves his brother John and wife Beth Snowe, sisters-in-law Gertrude Snowe and Mary Jane Dillingham.

He was predeceased by his wife Barbara and son Peter along with brothers Kenneth and Richard.

Having completed his tasks on this earth, may he rest in peace.

 Mary Flanders Browne Morgan

(1920-2013)

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 Mary Flanders Browne Morgan, 92, of South Portland Maine died on Sunday August 11, 2013 at Cedar's Nursing Home after a period of failing health. 

Mary was born on September 30, 1920 to Erle and Hazel Browne of Bowdoinham, Maine. Raised on Browne's Point in Bowdoinham, Mary and her six siblings (Miriam, Elise, Esther, Erla, Hazel, and Royden) were part of an energetic and industrious family living on Merrymeeting Bay. 
After graduating from Coombs High School, Mary earned her nursing degree from the then Maine Eye & Ear Hospital. She worked at Maine Eye & Ear, Children's Hospital and Bangor State Hospital. She also did private and specialized nursing. 
Mary and Warren Morgan were married on January 19, 1944 and built a home in South Portland where they raised their three children. Mary was very active in school and parent organizations while raising the children. She was also very involved in her neighborhood Elm Street United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities and on numerous committees. She was well known to her church family and neighbors for her doughnuts which she would fry up at any request or church event. Her yeast bread was also a much requested treat and a big seller at the church fairs. 
Giving and doing for others was always a theme in Mary's life. She organized fundraisers for the March of Dimes and served as the state's representative for the organization, organized rummage sales of various groups, and spearheaded fundraisers for numerous groups. She served on numerous boards, including the Board of Managers for 75 State Street and the Library Advisory Board for the city of South Portland. She and her husband were active in the United Commercial Travelers of America organization and enjoyed traveling far and wide. 
Beyond being a bountiful and talented cook, Mary was an avid cribbage and bridge player and usually won the game with whomever she played. During the last chapter of her life, Mary began making quilts which were usually given to friends and family as tokens of her love. 
Mary had a zest for life and never passed up the opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest. Rather it be picking blueberries in Aroostook County with her sisters, raiding her neighbor's garden for the Harvest table at the annual church fair or dancing with her husband in Vienna, Austria at a New Year's Ball, Mary gave and received joy to its fullest. She will be remembered by all who knew her as a lady of great character and immense enjoyment. 
Mary is survived by her son John Morgan and wife Jacqueline, daughters Mary Morgan and Denise Morgan, granddaughters Ariel and Elisa, two great grandchildren, and her sister Erla Browne Kelly. 
A celebration of Mary's life was held at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland, Maine on Sunday, September 1, at 2 p.m. It was a beautiful turnout for Mary. The funeral parlor was so crowded that there was not enough room to accomodate the large number of attendees. It was just heartwarming for such a wonderful lady.

Donations in her name can be made to: Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074

Rena M. Cartier

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MANCHESTER - Rena M. Cartier of Manchester passed away on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Elliot Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Born Sept. 4, 1927, in Sanford, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Alida (Rivard) Morissette. Raised and educated in Manchester at St. Anthony's School, Rena was a lifetime member of St. Anne Sodality with St. Anthony, a volunteer with CWV, The Catholic War Veterans of N.H., a member of UCT, The Order of United Commercial Travelers of America, and a Best Friend with Retired Seniors Volunteer Program 55-Plus. Rena worked at Textron as a seamstress until they closed and then as a retail clerk with Woolco until they closed and then retired.

Rena will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother. Her family was paramount in her life. She relished in the accomplishments of all her children and grandchildren. Rena enjoyed ballroom dancing, traveling, especially cruising, reading, cooking, playing cards, socializing with family and friends, and crocheting. Rena was the greatest mother and best friend to many. She will be deeply missed by all those who loved her.

Rena is survived by her husband, Raymond Gosselin of Manchester; her son, Robert Cartier and his wife, Linda, of Manchester; her daughters, Joanne (Cartier) and her husband, David Trudel, of Manchester, and Jace (Cartier) Martin of Saco, Maine.

She also leaves behind many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many other family members and good friends.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, with whom she spent 47 wonderful years, Marcel Cartier; brothers Henri, Lucien, Roland, Roger, Leonide, Gerade, Eitenne; and sisters Theresa Berube, Sr. Rita Morissette - her twin, and Marie-Paul Morissette.

Visitation was held at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 2 to 5 p.m., with a funeral Mass at St. Pius X Parish on 575 Candia Road, Manchester, at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, and encryptment followed at Mount Calvary Mausoleum, 474 Goffstown Road, Manchester.

Cynthia Provost

Cynthia Ann Provost, 80, of Auburn, died Sunday, April 20 at Od Fellows Home where she resided for the last 2 1/2 years.

Born in Lewiston on March 11, 1934, the daughter of the late Frederick Oscar and Etheldreda Matthews Whitmore, she graduated from ELHS class of 1951.

A member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish at St. Philip's Church, she served on the parish council and worked in the circulation department at the Sun-Journal prior to her retirement.

She was married to Edward C. Provost on January 23, 1954. He died October 6, 1984. She was a member of The Order of United Commercial Travelers of America and enjoyed camping in Bridgton during the summers, reading, and in her younger years, she was an accomplished seamstress.

She will be remembered for her dry sense of humor and the love of her family.

She is survived by her daughters, Catherine Provost of Auburn and Lisa Provost of Buxton, her brother R. Peter Whitmore and his wife Connie of Monmouth, ME; her brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Susan Provost of Poland Spring, Ronald Provost of Woodside, DE; Constance Jones of Spring Hill, FL and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at Fortin/Auburn on Wednesday, April 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at St. Philips Church. Burial will be held later this spring at Mount Hope Cemetery. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

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