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Portland — Santina "Sunny" Olson, 91, of Portland passed away on February 23, 2014 at home, surrounded by family.
She was born on July 17, 1922 a daughter of Philip and Louise (Dognetta) Tirabassi. She grew up in Portland, graduating from Portland High School.
Sunny worked in various capacities including on the Liberty Ships during WWII, at the Pentagon and in New York City. She had many interests and loves in her life. She was a tremendous seamstress and also enjoyed cooking and crafts and taking many day trips. She was a part of the mother's club at Sacred Heart and volunteered at the voting polls at the Portland Expo. She also spent time with the Beacon Club as part of the Iris Network. Most important to her, however, was her love of her family and spending as much time with them as possible. Her family meant everything to her.
Sunny was predeceased by her parents, her husband James A. Olson Jr. and siblings Samuel Tirabassi, Mary Sullivan, Susie Tirabassi, Ernestine Tirabassi, Rico Tirabassi, Frank Tirabassi and Amelia Heath.
She is survived by her children, James L. Olson of Windham and Naples, FL, Madaline C. Jewell and her husband Tom of Portland and Robin Johnson and her husband Jerry of Portland. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Michael Jewell and his wife Kelly Anne, Tyler Johnson and his wife Caroline, Theresa Jewell and her partner Sara, one great-granddaugher, Amelia Rose Jewell and a sister, Elizabeth Dupre.
Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at A.T. Hutchins Funeral and Cremation Services, 660 Brighton Ave, Portland. Prayers will be held at the funeral home at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 72 Federal St. Portland. Interment is at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. To offer words of condolence and share memories with the family, please go to www.athutchins.com
In lieu of flowers , please consider donations in Sunny's memory to: The Iris Network, 189 Park Ave., Portland, ME 04102.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 01:38
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John Walter Gillis: Sept. 24, 1941 — Feb. 16, 2014
John Walter Gillis was born on September 24, 1941, to James and Grace Gillis in Cambridge, Mass., and grew up in Middleboro, Mass. He was a 1958 graduate of Middleboro High School. He served in the United States Air Force for 20 years as an x-ray technician and recruiter.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, as well as his siblings and their spouses Grace and Donald Costa, Michael Gillis, Bobby Willis, Bill Genson, and James and Kathy Gillis.
John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda (McGuire) Gillis, and his children and their spouses Theresa Gillis, Kathleen and Dennis Dobecki, Timothy Gillis, and Colleen and Scott Pereira, and his grandchildren Molly and Ethan Hibler; Lindsay, Madison, Alexander and Hannah Dobecki; Anna, Dylan and Owen Gillis; and Evan, Haley and Eliza Pereira; and his siblings and their spouses Terri and Tino DiGiovanni, Patricia Willis, Rose Teixeira, Kate Genson, Bob Gillis and Liz Lynch, Richard and Kim Gillis, Chuck Gillis, Lynne Gillis, and Bill and Denise Gillis, and in-laws Ronald McGuire, James McGuire, and Michael and Diane McGuire, as well as an abundance of nieces, nephews, cousins, and kin.
John Gillis was a man of amazing faith — in himself, in others, and in the human capacity for kindness, forgiveness, and love. After retiring from the Air Force, he started his own business as a negotiator of medical claims, but his real work was in ministry. He spent much of his time volunteering in hospitals, nursing homes, and with the Kairos prison ministry program, sharing his faith and helping others find theirs. In the last days of his life, he was planning a retreat and had inquired about being a hospice volunteer.
John loved spending time at family gatherings and the sporting events of his grandchildren, and in quiet morning meditation and prayer.
After being diagnosed with cancer a year ago, he said, "There is no way to convey how God has covered me in His Mantle of Love. I am very comfortable with all that is happening to me."
John continues his journey in the peace and freedom of Heaven, and watches over his loved ones with a daily presence exhibited in the beauty of nature and on the faces of those he touched.
Viewing hours are Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 673 Stevens Ave., Portland. Interment with military honors will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in the spring. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to: My Brother's Keeper, P.O. Box 338, Easton, MA 02356.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 23:46
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Scarborough — Everett Preston Lovering, 98, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at the Maine Veterans' Home in Scarborough. He was born in Brooklin, Maine on Aug. 15, 1915, the son of Everett L. and Emma (Hamilton) Lovering. As a child, he spent time between Maine and Massachusetts.
Everett enlisted in the United States Army and served his country during World War II. Everett was a very hard worker and good provider for his family. He enjoyed playing piano and organ and had an amazing ability to hear a song just one time and be able to sit down and play it himself. He also loved his time with his family and always had a tradition of cooking blueberry pancakes for his wife and children.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Hazel (Smith) Lovering of South Portland; their daughters, Kathleen Negley and her husband Elwood of Lenoir, North Carolina, Linda Lovering of Meriden, Conn., Priscilla Bushey and husband George of Portland and Ivy Martin of Portland and their son Chris Lovering and his wife Linnea of South Portland; as well as five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Coastal Cremation Services. There will be a memorial service on March 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in South Portland. To offer words of condolence and share memories with the family, please go to www.coastalcremationservices.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 21:51
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Barbara Lee (Needelman) Alexander passed away on Oct. 9, 2013, with her loving husband, son, and daughter by her side.
Barbara was raised and educated in Portland, Maine. She received her nursing degree at Malden Hospital where she worked in birth and labor as well as a visiting nurse in the community for many years. Barbara also was involved with the junior aid, president of Little League, and also worked as a school nurse. She loved nursing and was known for her caring and compassion for people and flashing smile. Her primary focus was her family and friends.
Barbara will be deeply missed by her husband, Daryl, of 63 years. She was the beloved mother of Bari-Ann Crivello and her husband, Victor, of Stoneham and Glenn Alexander and his wife, Diane, of Reading. Barbara was the sister of Marilyn Jacobson of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, Jo-Ann Johnson and her husband, Frank, of Scarborough, Maine, and Naples, Fla., Ann Cohen of Boca Raton, Fla., and Mark Needelman of Portland, Maine. She was the cherished grandmother of Christian, Elizabeth, Scott and the late Victoria Rose. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to honor and remember Barbara's life by gathering at the A. J. Spadafora Funeral Home, 865 Main Street, Malden on Monday, Nov. 25, followed by a service at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Larry Starr officiating. Interment of ashes will be in Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers donations in Barbara's memory may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310 White Plains, NY 10605.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 01:14