Andover Obituaries Beginning with "T"


Emma Talbot, Abt. 1847-1918 (From the Rumford Falls Times, May 18, 1918)


�� News has reached Andover of the sudden death of Miss Emma Talbot, daughter of William and Martha Poor Talbot of this town, at the age of 71 years. Miss Talbot was a highly respected lady. She was a member of the Cong’l Church of Andover, having united in 1866 and was a worthy member. Later she went to Massachusetts and at the time of her decease she was in Kansas taking care of an aged lady. She retired at night and apparently passed away without waking. She is survived by several brothers and two sisters, John Talbot of this town being one of her brothers.


NOTE: A lengthy obituary for Miss Talbot appears on page 9 of the Rumford Falls Times for July 27, 1918.


Georgie E. Talbot, 1850-1912 (From the Rumford Falls Times, June 22, 1912)


�� On Saturday afternoon, June 15 [1912] occurred the death of Georgie Fisher Talbot, wife of John Talbot, 61 years, 10 months of age. Mrs. Talbot has borne up bravely through a long and tedious bout with cancer. She was a devoted wife and mother, a consistent member of the Congregational Church, and a member of the Lone Mountain Grange.


�� Deceased is survived by a husband [John F.], three sons [Frederick, Elwin Robert and Richard] and two daughters [Agnes and Florence]. The funeral was held at the late home, officiated by Rev. H.L. Packard, assisted by J.A. Waterhouse. The funeral tributes were many and beautiful. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.

John F. Talbot, 1850 - 1937 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  John Foster Talbot, 87, a prominent citizen of Andover, died Monday night [February 1, 1937] at his home following several weeks illness of flu and heart disease.

  He was born at East Machias January 11, 1850, the son of William Henry and Martha Poor Talbot.

  He had lived in this town many years, was a successful farmer and had held various town offices. He had been moderator of the town meetings for over 30 years continuously.

  He was a member of the Congregational church, charter member of Lone Mountain Grange, and the Oxford North Agricultural Society.

  Surviving are three sons, Frederick of St. Louis, Elwin of Grants Pass, Oregon, Richard Talbot, of  Orono, two daughters, Mrs. Florence Gammon, Providence, R. I., and Mrs. Agnes Milton, Andover; two brothers, William Talbot, Washington State, and George Talbot, Alhambra, Cal.; two sisters, Miss Mary Talbot  and Mrs. Martha Cushman, Andover.  

William H. Talbot, 1813-1903 (Story from the Evening Herald of Rumford, December 16, 1903)


Andover’s Oldest Citizen Dies


William H. Talbot, aged 90 years, is buried Tuesday


�� The funeral of Mr. William Talbot [widower of the late Martha Poor Talbot] was held Tuesday from the Congregational Church, Rev. S. Holden officiating. Mr. Talbot died Sunday [Dec. 13, 1903]. Mr. Talbot was 90 years old in September, and the oldest citizen in this town. He has been a man of worth and commanded respect from all. He has been totally blind for several years.


Linda M. (Farrington) Theriault, 1946-2007 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, June 28, 2007)


Mrs. Linda M. Theriault, 60, died Monday, June 25, 2007, at her home. She resided on the Roy Road in Rumford.


Born in Rumford, Maine on December 11, 1946, she was a daughter of John and Lila (Murphy) Farringtbn. She attended Andover Schools. She worked for Sunday River in the Housekeeping Dept.


Linda formed her own sewing club called the S&B. She loved to camp.�����


Linda was married in Rumford on June 13, 1964 to Richard Theriault, who survives. Other survivors include two sons, Andrew Theriault and his wife Laurie of Rumford

and Toby Theriault and his wife Melinda of Bethel; two daughters, Andrea Roy and her husband Jeff of Rumford and Tracy Casey and her husband Joseph of Peru; two

brothers,LeroyFarrington and his wife Annette of Norway and Reggie Farrington and his wife Brenda of Connecticut; five sisters, Laverna White of Wilton, Gerry Parise

of Rumford, June Trenoweth and her husband Dan of Mexico, Carol Nelson of Dixfield, and Bonnie Vashaw and her husband Keith of Rumford; nine grandchildren and four

great grandchildren.


Funeral services will be held on June 28, 2007, at the Meader & Son Funeral Home, 3 Franklin St., Rumford, Maine, with Rev. Glenn Carver officiating. Online condolences

and shared memories may beexpressed at meaderfh@gwi. net.


Albert W. Thomas, 1850-1932 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, February 18, 1932)


�� Albert Thomas, 82, Andover, died at 4:30 Wednesday morning [February 17, 1932] after a few days illness. He is survived by his wife and a half sister, Mrs. Viola Thompson, and a niece, Ina Thompson, of Cambridge, Mass. For many years Mr. Thomas was engaged in the hotel business in Andover, with his brother-in-law, S. P Thomas. He was a prominent man and was a member of the K. of P.


Anne (Craig)Thomas, 1860-1917 (From the Rumford Falls Times, September 29, 1917)


�� Mrs. Anne Thomas, wife of George Thomas, passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 22 [1917] at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roger Thurston. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Laite of Rumford Center officiating.


�� Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Mrs. Bert Dunn and Mrs. Roger Thurston, and six grandchildren to mourn her loss. Mrs. Thomas was a member of the Lone Mountain Grange. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and will be sadly missed by her many friends.


�� Carl Thomas, Abt. 1878-1928 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, August 11, 1928)


Carl Thomas, 50 years of age, of Andover, died Tuesday morning of last week [July 31, 1928] at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thomas, after several months illness with heart trouble.


�� Funeral services were held Tuesday morning of last week from the home, Rev. James Renfrew, pastor of the Andover Congregational Church, officiating.Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.


�� Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hurd, a sister of Mr. Thomas, of Norway, attended the funeral.


Dorothy Thomas and Alton Brooks (Front Page Story from the Rumford Falls Times, December 19, 1925)






�� A scarlet fever epidemic, which became prevalent here last week, has caused the death of Dorothy Thomas, a school teacher, and Alton Brooks, a teamster, and there are two more serious cases. Schools, the town hall, and amusements have been closed and will remain closed until the epidemic has been conclusively stopped.


�� Miss Thomas passed away last Friday [Dec. 12, 1925] and Mr. Brooks died Sunday morning [Dec. 13, 1925]. Both deaths have been attributed to scarlet fever and the cases were very severe, the illness in both cases being of short duration.


�� Dr. Somerville announced that there have been no cases breaking out and he believes that the epidemic will go no further. It is said that the disease was probably contracted from school books and indirectly the cases can be traced to that origin.


Miss Dorothy Thomas, 1905-1925 (Rumford Falls Times, December 19, 1925)


The people were shocked Saturday morning when it was learned that Miss Dorothy Thomas, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Thomas, passed away late Friday evening at her home on Pine Street after an illness of three days.


�� Miss Thomas was nearly 21 years of age and had graduated from Farmington Normal School in June. She was a successful teacher at the school in East Andover and taught until Wednesday when she was taken ill. She was a fine musician and greatly beloved by her girlhood friends.


Surviving are her father and mother, and a younger sister, Constance, also her grandparents, Mrs. Adelaide Burgess and Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Thomas.


�� The funeral, which was private, took place at the home Monday afternoon, Rev. Chester Miller from South Paris conducted the service. The casket was banked with beautiful floral tributes form the many friends who had known and loved her. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.


Eliza Ella (Hewey) Thomas, 1850-1932 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, March 3, 1932)


�� Mrs. Ella Thomas, widow of Albert Thomas, whose death occurred Wednesday, February 17, died at her home in Andover after a few days of illness.


�� Mrs. Thomas was born in Andover 81 years ago, the daughter of Lucretia Merrill and John K. Hewey. She is survived by two sister, Mrs. Frank P. Thomas, Andover, and Mrs. Frank Hurd, Norway; also a number of nieces and nephews. An adopted son died several years ago.


�� The funeral, which was largely attended, was held at her home Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Rev. George W. M. Keyes, pastor of the Congregational church officiated.


�� The bearers were Harry M. Poor, Clayton Sweatt, Sylvanus Poor, Fred Grover, C. A. Rand and Jerry Trafton.


�� Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.


�� Among those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Archie Jodrie, Milan, N. H.;Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hurd, Mr. and Mrs. Olney Burgess, Mrs. Eola Goodwin, Norway; Mrs. Mabel Cummings, Mexico, and her daughter, Mrs. Marie Faulkingham, Rumford; and E. M. Kennedy, Peru.


Fernando Thomas, 1841-1906 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, December 12, 1906)


�� The funeral services of Fernando Thomas were held from his late residence on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 11 A.M., attended by Rev. Mr. Pinkerton of Rumford. The Masons had an impressive service, a delegation being present from the Blazing Star Lodge, Rumford Falls, of which the deceased was a member. Members of the Joseph Colby Post were present. Mr. Thomas was on Company D of the 12th Maine Regiment in our civil War.


�� There were beautiful flowers contributed by the King’s Daughters and Knights of Pythias. Mr. Thomas had lived in Andover since the war. He was a boat builder by trade and later an undertaker. His wife [Hattie C. Bacon] died about five years ago. He leaves two brothers and two sisters, also two sons [Fred and Granville] of which one is in the West. He was about 64 years old. Mr. Thomas was a good citizen and an upright and honest man.


�� Messrs. R. L. Melcher, Judge Johnson, Mr. Dunton, Chas, Israelson of Rumford Falls and Dr. J. W. Stuart of Rumford attended the funeral of Mr. Thomas.


Fred F. Thomas, 1875-1931 (Front page story in the Rumford Falls Times, March 19, 1931)


�� Mr. Fred F. Thomas, a surveyor, died on March, 18, 1931 while working in South Rumford. Mr. Thomas was born in Gorham, ME in 1875, the son of carpenter and boat-builder, Fernando Thomas, who was born in Byron, ME, and Hattie C. Bacon, who was born in Bridgton, ME. He married Suzie Belle Abbott, daughter of Thomas P. Abbott, a farmer born and raised in Andover, and Maria Newton, who was born in Rumford on March 30, 1896.


[Mr. Thomas had three children – Merrill P., Paul W. and Louise H.]


After passing a dipper of water to Henry Nelson, with whom he had been working yesterday near Mt. Zircon, South Rumford, surveying a tract of land, Fred Thomas, 58 years of age, fell dead, probably from a heart attack, about five o=clock yesterday afternoon.


Both men were walking on their way home and stopped, as they came to a spring, for a drink of water. Mr. Thomas, it is reported, filled a dipper, and passed it to Mr. Nelson, who turned aside a moment. When he turned back Mr. Thomas had fallen to the ground.

�� Mr. Nelson worked on Mr. Thomas about ten minutes, and then went to the [Asa] West home where the medical examiner, Dr. Harold Stanwood, undertakers and deputy-sheriffs Roderick and Chabot were summoned. Dr. Stanwood said last night that death was probably due to a broken neck sustained in the fall or from a blood clot in the heart.


�� At the West farm a horse and team was secured and Mr. Thomas was brought out to a waiting ambulance. Roads were muddy and great difficulty was experienced in bringing the body out of the woods.


Mr. Thomas is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.


George P. Thomas, 1835-1924 (From the Rumford Falls Times, November 15, 1924)


�� Mr. George P. Thomas, a prominent citizen of this town, passed away on the afternoon of Nov. 11 [1924] at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Roger Thurston, after an illness of a few months. Mr. Thomas was born in Byron in 1853, the son of Merrill and Sarah Stockbridge Thomas. He was one of a family of eight children. Coming to Andover when he was a young man, he began work around the Lakes as a guide at the age of 16 years.


�� Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Helen Dunn, widow of Bert Dunn, and Mrs. Roger [Lillie] Thurston, and eight grandchildren, also one brother, Frank P. Thomas of Andover. Burial was made in the family lot in Woodlawn Cemetery. Much sympathy is expressed for the bereaved family.

Harry M. Thomas, 1877 - 1945 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

Town Clerk of Andover 45 Years, Dies Tuesday

  Harry M. Thomas, prominent Andover citizen, died at his home Tuesday night [February 13, 1945] at 11 p. m. after several weeks illness.

  He was born July 23, 1877 at Andover, the son of Frank P and Elizabeth Thomas, and in 1904 married Marjorie Burgess.

  He was town clerk of Andover for 45 years, treasurer of Andover Water Company and clerk of Andover Power Company, a member of Blazing Star Lodge No. 30 of Rumford and a member of Cabot Lodge, K. P. of Andover.

  He was also a member of the Republican town committee.

  Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Constance Wass, Plymouth, N. H.; a grandson, Stanley Wass; a brother, Herbert Thomas, Northeast Harbor; a sister, Florence Learned, Andover, and several nieces and nephews.

Herbert A. Thomas, 1883 - 1955 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  NORWAY - Services for Herbert A. Thomas [son of Frank and Lillie C. Thomas] were held Sunday afternoon [no date given] at the Second Congregational Church with Rev. J. N. Lello officiating. Entombment was at the Norway Pine Grove Cemetery. Burial will be at Andover in the spring.

 The bearers were Dr. Frank Thomas, Traverse City, Mich.; Herbert A. Thomas, Jr., Glen Rock, N.J.; Francis C. Lathrop, Westerly, R.I.; Dr. George O. Cummings, Portland; Louis A. Saltus, Norway; and Thomas Learned, Andover.

  Out of town relatives attending were Dr. and Mrs. Frank Thomas, Traverse City, Mich.; Mrs. Merrill H. Stiles, Spokane, Wash.; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert A. Thomas, Jr., Glen Rock, N.J.; Mr. and Mrs. Francis C. Lathrop, Westerly, R.I.; Dr. and Mrs. George O. Cummings, Portland; Mrs. Margaret Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Learned and Mr. and Mrs. Philip Learned, Andover.

Marjorie (Burgess) Thomas, 1880 - 1963 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Mrs. Marjorie Thomas, 84, formerly of this town and widow of Harry M. Thomas, died Thursday [October 14, 1965] at a New Britain, Conn. hospital. She had made her home for the past 16 years with her daughter, Mrs. Constance Wass of 452 Willard Ave., Newington, Conn.

   She was born here, Oct. 22, 1880, daughter of Olney and Adelaide Lake Burgess.

   She was a member of the Andover Congregational Church. Surviving besides her daughter are a sister, Mrs. Harrison Amber of Rangeley, and two grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Andover Congregational Church. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Paul W. Thomas, 1898 - 1959 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  MEXICO - Paul W. Thomas, 60, died Wednesday [January 14, 1959] at his residence, 17 Whitman St.

  Born at Andover, Oct. 8, 1898, he was the son of Fred F. and Susan Abbott Thomas. A resident of this town 22 years, he was employed at the Oxford Paper Co., in the bleach plant shipping department for 36 years. He was a member of the Oxford Paper Co. 25 year club.

  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Theo Walker Thomas, a daughter, Mrs. Norman Legere, Rumford; three sons, Harold and James, both of this town; S 3/c David E., with the US Navy stationed aboard the USS Boston at Boston; a sister, Mrs. Leslie Kennard of this town; and four grandchildren.

DIED At Mexico, Jan. 14, Paul W. Thomas, age 60.  Services at 10 a.m. Friday at Meader and Son Funeral Home, Rumford. Burial in Demeritt Cemetery, West Peru. Friends invited to call at Meader and Son Funeral Home. Joint visitation of VFW and American Legion Posts, 7 p.m. Thursday.

William T. Thompson, Abt. 1872-1931 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, August 20, 1931)

Andover Man Found Dead At Spool Mill Sat.

��� William Thompson, 58, night watchman for the Elliott and Bartlett Spool Co., Andover, was found dead in the mill at 5:45 Saturday morning [August 15, 1931]. He was heard about the mill at 5 o’clock. He had not been feeling well for a few days.

�� Charles Bemis, who lives near, not hearing the 5:30 whistle which Mr. Thompson always blew, arrived at the mill first and found him sitting outside the boiler room. Dr. Harold Stanwood, medical examiner, pronounced death due to heart failure.

�� The body was taken to Meader and Perry’s undertaking rooms at Rumford and was conveyed to his only near relative, an aunt, Mrs. W. T. Whitney, Fitchburg, Mass.

Emerson Thurlow, Abt. 1834 – Abt. 1920 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper, but around 1920)

Mrs. Frank Learned recently received news of the death of her father, [William] Emerson Thurlow, who died at South Poland with a shock, at the age of 86.He is survived by two daughters, one step daughter and two sons: Mrs. Frank [Etta] Learned of Andover, Mrs. Gertrude Young of Peru, Mrs. Sam Young of South Poland, Leander Thurlow of Roxbury and Clarence Thurlow of South Windham.He was twice married, his first wife being Mary Lamb of Oxford and his second wife was Emaline Bowen of Starks, Maine.He leaves 29 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.Funeral services were held at East Bethel, June 3rd conducted by Mr. Little of Bethel.

Alice B. (Bedell) Thurston, 1872 - 1948  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

ANDOVER - Alice B. Thurston, widow of Y. A. Thurston, died at Elsie’s Nursing Home, Rumford, Sunday afternoon [January 4, 1948].

She was born January 9, 1872 at Andover, the daughter of Elijah and Melvina Dresser Bedell. Mrs. Thurston was librarian at Andover for many years, reporting for the Rumford falls Times, Lewiston Daily Sun, active in Church work, Clerk of the Parish, member of Lone Mountain Grange, Friday Club, King’s daughters, and the Ladies Aid.

She leaves a brother, F. W. Bedell, Boston, Mass.; three children, Roger L. Thurston and Marjorie Hanson, Andover, and C. E. Thurston of Morgantown, West Virginia; three grandchildren, one great granddaughter and several cousins.

Funeral services were held at the Andover Congregational Church Tuesday at 2 p. m. with Rev. Linwood Potter officiating. Interment was in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Anna H. Thurston, 1914 - 2001  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

  FARMINGTON, Conn. Anna H. Thurston, 86, of Progress Ave., Unionville, Conn., died Wednesday, April 4 [2001] at the John Dempsey Hospital.

  Born in Andover, Dec. 9, 1914, daughter of the late Roger and Lillian (Thomas) Thurston, she resided in Unionville since 1945. She was a graduate of the Farmington Normal School, class of 1935, in Farmington. She received her masters degree in education from the University of Hartford in 1953. Her teaching career spanned 42 years, having taught in the Farmington school system from 1945-1977. She was a member of the NEA, a member of the CEA and also the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She was an active member of the Lone Mountain Grange of Andover.

   She is survived by many beloved cousins.

Delbert L. Thurston, 1916 - 1961 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - The body of Delbert L. Thurston, 44, was discovered Monday morning [January 8, 1961] at a lumber camp some seven miles back in the woods from this town. County Medical Examiner John Greene said death was due to self-inflicted strangulation.

  Thurston had been employed as a woodsman for Raymond Akers of Andover. Another employee of Akers became suspicious Monday morning when he noted horses at the camp had not been watered. It was this that led to the discovery of Thurston’s body. Dr. Greene placed the death at sometime Sunday evening.

  Chief Deputy Louis Fontaine of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Department investigated, assisted by Deputy Wilfred Hebert of Dixfield.

  Mr. Thurston was born Aug. 24, 1916, at Bethel. He was the son of Ray and Marna Stevens Thurston. He was a veteran of World War II.

  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Ingraham, Milton Plantation, and A/1c Miss Dianne Thurston, March AFB, California; a granddaughter; a sister, Mrs. Thomas Learned, Andover.

Emily M. (Lohnes) Thurston, 1880 - 1978 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   ANDOVER - Mrs. Emily M. Thurston, 98, the oldest resident of Andover and holder of the Boston Post cane, died Wednesday [no date given] at Rumford Community Hospital where she had been a patient the past nine days. She had resided in the area most of her life.

  She was born Aug. 14, 1880 in New Germany, N.S., the daughter of James and Susie Lantz Lohnes. She and her husband had owned and operated Thurston's General Store here for more than 22 years. She was a long-time member of the Andover First Congregational Church, Ladies Aid of the church, the Andover Friday Club, Andover Public Library and was a 75-year member of Lone Mountain Grange. She was married to Ralph D. Thurston who died in 1937.

  Surviving are a son, Lester R. of Andover, two daughters, Miss Ivy Thurston, Andover, and Mrs. Della Howard, Rumford; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great- great-grandsons.

Emma F. Thurston, 1908 - 1993  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

BAKER, La. - Emma F. Thurston, 85, of St. Francisville, died Friday [Sept. 9, 1993] at a Baton Rouge medical center.

She was born Feb. 19, 1908 in Auburn, Maine, the daughter of Ernest Fickett and Mabel Robinson. Mrs. Thurston was a homemaker.

Survivors include a son, Raymond E. Thurston of Francisville, La.; a sister, Carrie Joy of Maine; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Eva (Snell) Thurston, 1899 - 1989 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  AUBURN - Eva S. Thurston, RN, 89, died Saturday [January 8, 1989] at Clover Manor Living Center, where she had been living since 1983.

  She was born in Andover, Sept. 19, 1899, the daughter of Charles and Addie Merrill Snell.  She graduated from Andover High School with the class of 1917, and the School of Nursing at Central Maine General Hospital with the class of 1924. She had worked as a private duty nurse for many years in Maine and Massachusetts. She was married in Valley Forge, Pa., Feb. 28, 1931, to Lester R. Thurston. She was a member of the Andover First Congregational Church.

  Survivors include her husband Lester of Auburn; two sons, Lester Thurston Jr. of State College, Pa and William Thurston of Medway, Mass.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  At the family's request there will be no public calling hours. Funeral services will be held at the family's convenience. Interment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, in the spring.

Everett R. Thurston, 1907 - 1958 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Everett R. Thurston, 51, died Tuesday [September 30, 1958] in this town.

  Born here Aug. 31, 1907, the son of Raymond W. and Marna Stevens Thurston. He married the former Lucy MacDonald who survives him For many years he was a crane operator and worked for the state.

  Surviving besides his widow are a brother, Delbert Thurston and a sister, Mrs. Thomas Learned, both of this town.

DIED  At Andover, Sept. 30, Everett R. Thurston, aged 51. Funeral services will be held at the Andover Congregational Church, Friday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. Rev. John R. Johnston will officiate. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the Meader & Son Funeral Home, Rumford.

Frank R. Thurston, Abt. 1907 - 1993  (Obituary from an un identified and undated newspaper)

ZACHARY, La. - Frank R. Thurston, 86, of St. Francisville, [LA] formerly of Rumford, Maine, died Sunday evening [no date given, but year was probably 1993] at Lane Memorial Hospital, in Zachary, [LA].

He was born at Rumford Center, the son of Roland and Bertha Thurston. Before his retirement he was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Thurston is survived by his wife, Emma F. Thurston, and a son, Raymond E. Thurston, both of St. Francisville; a brother, Ray Thurston of Waverly, Tenn.

Ivy E. Thurston, 1900 - 1995  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  RUMFORD - Ivy E. Thurston, 94, died Saturday [April 15, 1995] at the Rumford Community Home.

  She was born at Errol, N.H., Aug. 28, 1900, daughter of Ralph and Emily Lohnes Thurston, since 1905 had resided at Andover and in 1987 moved to Rumford. She attended Andover schools and graduated from  Andover High School in 1918.

  For several years she had worked for the Andover Telephone Office and for over 40 years at the Andover Post Office including on two occasions serving as postmaster before retiring in 1967.

  Miss Thurston was the oldest living member in the First Congregational Church of Andover and had been very active with the church, especially the Ladies Aid, and had served for many years as a Sunday school teacher, supervisor and church organist.

  Survivors include five nephews, John T. Howard of Rumford, Fred I. Howard Jr. and Ralph D. Howard, both of South Portland, Lester R. Thurston Jr. of State College, Pa., and William C. Thurston of Weston, Mass.; and several great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Della Howard, who died in Rumford on Sept. 4, 1993 and a brother, Lester R. Thurston, who died in Auburn on Sept. 13, 1993.

Jeffrey M. Thurston, 1973 - 1997  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  AUGUSTA - Jeffrey M. Thurston, 23, of 126 North Main St., Andover, died Wednesday, Feb.  12 [1997] at the Kennebec Valley Medical Center.

  Born at Rumford, June 25, 1973, the son of Mark and Ann Hayes Thurston, he had lived in the Andover area most of his life.

  Mr. Thurston attended schools at Bethel and Bangor and received his welding license from the Penobscot Job Corps.

  He was a member of the Army National Guard where he was a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of the American Welders Society and was also a volunteer fireman for the Andover Fire Department.

  Survivors include his parents of Andover; two sisters, Amy and her fianc� Greg Simmons and Karen, all of Andover; maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hayes of Rumford; paternal grandmother Mary G. of Rumford; one niece, Kassandra Gammon of Andover; and many uncles aunts and cousins.

Lester M. Thurston, 1898 - 1993  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  AUBURN  - Lester R. Thurston, 95, president and chairman of United Telephone Companies of Pennsylvania and New Jersey from 1942 to 1968, died Monday [no date given] at Clover Manor Living Center in Auburn, where he had resided since 1983. He was formerly of Andover.

  He was born in Byron on May 23, 1898, the son of Ralph and Emily Lohnes Thurston. He graduated from Andover High School in the class of 1915 and from University of Maine at Orono in the class of 1920 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. During World War I, he served with the U.S. Army.

  Mr. Thurston was widely recognized as a leader in the telephone industry. After nine years with Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania, he joined United Telephone where he served for more than 33-1/2 years until retirement in 1963. During his presidency of United Telephone he increased the number of telephones served from 30,000 to 120,000, the number of employees was doubled, and the plant investment grew from $5 million to $48 million. He served as president of the Pennsylvania Independent Telephone Association and a member of the board of directors from 1941-63. For his achievements, Mr. Thurston was recognized by the Pennsylvania State Chamber of Commerce in 1986 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Pennsylvania Independent Telephone Pioneers in 1992.

  Mr. Thurston was also founder of Goodwill Industries of Central Pennsylvania; was active in the Boy Scouts and president of Keystone Area Council in Harrisburg, Pa., vice chairman of Region III Boy Scouts Mr. Thurston is survived by two sons, Lester R. Thurston Jr. of State College, Pa., and William G. Thurston of Weston, Mass; one sister, Miss Ivy E. Thurston of Rumford; six grandchildren and nine great- of America, and was a holder of the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope, two of Scouting's highest awards. He served as a director of the Harrisburg Area Chamber of Commerce ad its advisory board, served on the advisory board of the Harrisburg hospital, was president and director of the Community Chest, and a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Harrisburg, where he was president of the Board of Trustees and chairman of the Official Board.

  While residing in Maine he was a member of Andover Congregational Church and had been a member of Cabot Lodge #ll7, Knights of Pythias. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He married Martha Mason in 1921; she died in 1930. He was married in Valley Forge, Pa., on Feb. 28. 1931 to Eva Snell; she died in Auburn on Jan. 7, 1989.

  Mr. Thurston is survived by two sons, Lester R. Thurston Jr. of State College, Pa., and William G. Thurston of Weston, Mass; one sister, Miss Ivy E. Thurston of Rumford; six  grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Lillie A. (Thomas) Thurston, 1888 - 1953 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Funeral services for Lillie A. Thurston were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 p. m. at the Andover first Congregational Church with the Rev, Easter Peters officiating.

   Bearers were four nephews, George Dunn, Robert Dunn, Harry Dunn and Albert Dunn.  Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. Members of the Lone Mountain Grange, Swift River Grange and Rumford Grange were present.

   Mrs. Thurston was born in Andover, November 21, 1888, the daughter of George P. and Anna Craig Thomas, and died at the Rumford Community Hospital, Saturday, October 3. [1953]

   She held offices in the Andover Friday Club, Kings Daughters, and Lone Mountain Grange, and was also a member of the Home Extension Service, and Mt Zircon Chapter No. 142, 0 E S. She is survived by her husband Roger L Thurston; a daughter, Miss Anna Helen Thurston, Farmington, Conn.; four nieces and four nephews.

    Those attending from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Paul Thurston, Murray Thurston, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Thurston, Mrs. Tom Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Wade Thurston, of Bethel.; Mrs. Daniel Wight, Rumford; Mrs. Hattie Akers, Walter Akers, Kents Hill; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dunn, Denmark; Mrs. Mattie Lane, Fryeburg; Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Mitchell, and daughter, Helen, Rangeley; Miss Mae Stoney, Mrs. Sadie Stoney, Watertown. Mass.; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hagerty, Springfield, Mass.

Marna (Stevens) Thurston, 1879 - 1949 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Funeral services for Marna S Thurston, widow of Ray W Thurston, were held Wednesday at two o'clock at the Andover Congregational Church. Rev Linwood C Potter of North Bennington, Vt. officiated, with Rev C C Salisbury of the Andover Congregational Church offering the prayer. Bearers were I E Mills, Roger Thurston, Sylvanus Poor and Louis Hall. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

  Mrs. Thurston as born August 11, 1879 at Andover, daughter of Margaret and James Peabody Stevens. She died September 11, 1949 on the boat from Middle Dam to South Arm. She suffered a heart attack at Lakewood Camps at Middle Dam, where she had been employed during the summer, and was enroute to the Rumford Community hospital when she died. She was a member of the King's Daughters. She is survived by three children, two sons, Everett and Delbert, one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Learned, all of Andover; six grandchildren, Raylene, Thomas, Gail and Roberta Learned of Andover and Donna and Dinah Thurston of Rumford; two nieces, Mrs. Archer Poor, Jr, of Andover and Miss Freda DeLong of North Conway, N H.

  Among those attending from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Thurston, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brown and son, Norris, of Bethel, Mrs. Josephine Whitman, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Thurston, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Thurston, and Wade Thurston of Bethel; Mrs. Edith Thurston and son, Harmon, Mrs. Arthur Thurston of North Rumford; Mrs. Janet Lamson and Chester Ladd, Rumford Point, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burnham, Hanover, Marlin Thurston, West Peru, Mrs. Emma Mooney, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Howard, Mrs. Lena Roberts, Howard Rand, Rumford; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Parsons, Philip Learned and Freeman Meisner of Middle Dam.

Mary (Glover) Thurston, 1922 - 1999  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

  RUMFORD - Mary Glover Thurston, 76, died Monday, June 7, [1999] at the Rumford Community Home where she has resided for the past several years. She has lived in the Rumford area most of her life.

  Born in Rumford, on Sept. 22, 1922, she was the daughter of Alvin and Bernice (Abbott) Glover. She was a graduate of Stephen's High School with the class of 1941. She was employed by Andover Wood Products in Andover as a salvage saw operator from 1966 to 1980 when she retired.

 She was a former member of Mishemockura Temple 42, Pythian Sisters of Hanover. She loved the outdoors, snowmobiling, boating and especially her camp at Richardson Lake.

  She was married in Bethel, Maine on July 18,1945 to the late Arthur Thurston.

  Survivors include three sons, Ronald and his wife Carol of Arundel, Rex and his wife Merilee, and Mark and his wife Anna all of Andover; one brother, Linwood Glover of Dayton; one sister, Mrs. Fay (Earl) Milligan of Rumford; two stepsons, Ralph of Rumford Point and Kenneth of North Carolina; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

  She was predeceased by a daughter, Lynn Dora Thurston; a grandson, Jeff Thurston; and two brothers, Lewis and Vern Glover.

Ralph D. Thurston, 1865 - 1937 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

Ralph Thurston, Prominent Andover Man, Dies Thurs.

  Ralph Dayton Thurston, prominent Andover businessman, died Thursday [February 4, 1937] at 5 o'clock, a moment after he had parked his automobile and entered his home. Heart disease caused his death.

  Mr. Thurston was born December 5, 1865, at Errol, N. H., the son of William and Emma Rose Thurston. For 20 years he conducted a general store. A few years ago he retired from this business but continued as president and manager of the Andover Power Co. He was a member of Lone Mountain Grange; Cabot Lodge, Knights of Pythias; treasurer of Oxford North Agricultural Society, and served in the Legislature. He was also a member of  the I. O. O. F. association.

  Survivors include his widow, the former Emily Lohnes; a son, Lester R., of Harrisburg, Pa.; Miss Ivy Thurston, Andover, and Mrs. Della Howard, Ridlonville; a brother, Dwight Thurston, Erroll; a sister, Mrs. Phoebe Heald, West Bethel; and five grandchildren.

  The funeral services were held from the Congregational Church, Andover, Sunday afternoon.

  Rev. George Keyes, pastor of the church, conducted the services which were largely attended. Members of Cabot Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and a delegation from Lone Mountain Grange attended in a body.

  Among those attending from out of town were: Lester R. Thurston, Harrisburg, Pa., Mr. and Mrs. Fred Howard, Ridlonville, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Carver, Ridlonville, Mrs. Alma Thurston and sons Walter, Alton and Chester Thurston, Norway; Dwight Thurston and son Norman, of Errol, N. H.; Archie Thurston, Errol, N. H.; Harry Head, West Bethel, Norman Hall, Bethel, Edward Bennett of Bethel, Herbert Allen, Merle Burgess, John Warren, Rumford; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Thurston, Miss Ruby Thurston, Bethel; Mrs. Herbert Morton, North Newry; Mrs. Daisy Reed, Rumford; Mrs. Lord, Bethel.

  The bearers were Wally Marston, H. Learned, Clarence Hall, Waldo Merrill, Victor Akers and Dennis Page. Burial was at Woodlawn cemetery where brief services were held.

Ray W. Thurston, 1882 - 1943 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Funeral services for Ray W. Thurston, who was instantly killed in the woods at Andover Surplus Tuesday [ February 23, 1943], were held from the home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock and were largely attended, many coming from Bethel and surrounding towns to mingle with the town's people to show their respect for one they have known and honored many years. The house was filled to capacity. Rev. Linwood C. Potter officiated. The bearers were Fred A. Milton, Robert J. Swain, Sylvanus DeLong of Andover and Harold Tribou of Rumford. Burial was in the family lot at Woodlawn cemetery where committal services were held.

Rex L. Thurston, 1945 – 2004(Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, January 14, 2004)

SOUTH PARIS - Rex L. Thurston, 58, died on Jan. 12, 2004 at the Maine Veterans Home in So. Paris. He was a resident of the Rumford Center Road,
and has lived in the area all his life.  He was born in Rumford on Mar. 14, 1945, a son of Arthur and Mary (Glover) Thurston. He graduated from Stephens High School in Rumford with the Class of 1963.

   Rex served as an E-4 with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict.

   He worked as a woodsman, truck driver, was formerly a part owner of the M.R. Dowel, Inc. in Rumford Center, and worked at Sunday River, and
recently had worked as a road commissioner helper for the Town of Andover.

   He was a member of the Oxford Bear Lodge #54, K. ofP., and a member of the Oakdale Country Club. He enjoyed the outdoors and especially loved
his family.

   He was married in Andover on July 26, 1969 to the former Merilee A. Jodrey, who survives of Andover. Other survivors include four sons, Danny
Thurston and wife, Jackie of Old Orchard Beach, Jon Thurston and wife, Mary of Andover, Kurt Thurston and wife, Jessica of Bryant Pond, and
Joshua Thurston of Warren; three brothers, Ronald Thurston and wife, Carol of Arundel, Mark Thurston and wife, Anna of Andover, and Ralph Thurston
and companion, Charlene of Rumford Point; and seven grandchildren.

    A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 17 at the Andover Congregational Church with Rev. Jane Rich officiating.
Those who desire, please contribute to the Andover Fire & Rescue, Main Street, Andover, ME 04216 in his memory.

Roger L. Thurston, 1886 - 1959 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Roger L. Thurston, 73, died Tuesday [May 12, 1959] at the Floyd Nursing Home, Rumford, where he had been a patient eight and one-half months.

  Born at Rumford, May 4, 1886, he was the son of Y. A. and Adelia Littlehale Thurston. He was the widower of Lillie Thomas [Thurston]. He was a member of the Lone Mountain Grange; Pomona Grange; and the State Grange; Oxford Bear Lodge, KP, and the Independent Order of Foresters.

Survivors include a daughter, Miss Anna Thurston, Farmington, Conn.,; and a sister, Mrs. Marjorie Hanson, this town; and a brother, C. E. Thurston, Morgantown, W. Va.

DIED  At Rumford, May 12, Roger L. Thurston, aged 73. Services at 2 P.M. Friday at the Andover Congregational Church, Rev. John Johnston officiating. Burial Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends invited to call at the Meader & Son Funeral Home, Rumford, from 4 p.m. Wednesday until 11 a.m Friday.

Young A. Thurston, 1854-1923 (From the Rumford Falls Times, August 4, 1923)


�� Young S. Thurston, a prominent resident of Andover, died Thursday evening, July 26 [1923] after a few days illness. About two weeks ago he had suffered a severe attack of angina, and although everything possible had been done, his recovery was despaired of. Mr. Thurston was born in Errol, N.H., the son of David and Mary J. Thurston. Much of his early life was spent in Rumford where he was prominent in town business. About twenty years ago he moved to Andover where he has been engaged in lumbering and farming.


�� He was a member of the Strathglass Commandery in Rumford, the Mystic Shrine of Lewiston, Oxford Bear Lodge, K of P of Hanover, and the Lone Mountain Grange of Andover. He was president of the Andover Water Co., treasurer of the Andover Public Library Association and 1st vice president of Oxford North Agricultural Society.


�� Besides his widow [Alice], he leaves three children – Mrs. Irving Hanson of Rumford, Roger L. Thurston of Andover and Cedric Thurston of Scottsdale, PA. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Lillie Haywood of Portland, and three brothers, George, Howard and Baker Thurston, all of Bethel

Susan M. (Mills) Titus, 1880 - 1960  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

ANDOVER - Mrs. Susan M. Titus, 79, died Wednesday [April 6, 1960] at Rumford Community Hospital where she had been a patient for the past five weeks. She had made her home on Newton Street.

Born Oct. 10, 1880, she was the daughter of Henry and Dora Town Mills. She was a proprietor of a corset shop on Fifth Avenue, New York City, for more than 25 years. She is survived by a nephew.

Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Andover Congregational Church, Rev. Leon Strout officiating. Entombment Andover receiving tomb. Burial Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, later in the spring.

Wilmer Toth, 1923-2006(Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, November 16, 2006)

Wilmer Toth, 82, of West Paris, formerly of Las Vegas, Nev., and Phoenixville, Pa., died on Nov. 9, 2006, at Ledgeview Living Center in West Paris.

Born in Phoenixville, Pa., on Dec. 12, 1923, his parents were the late Louis and Veronica (Enyedy) Tate.

�� Wilmer graduated from Phoenixville High School in 1941, served in the U.S. Army during WWII, and attended Rutgers University and Ursinus College. He worked for more than 35 years at the Philadelphia Enquirer in the pressroom, retiring with his wife Margaret to Las Vegas, Nev., in 1986.

�� He loved sacred music and sang in churches from Maine to California. He also loved singing solos at Toth and Varady weddings and celebrations. In addition to music, he was an avid sports fan, especially football, loved Margie’s cooking, was thrilled to live in Vegas, and traveled to all states in the continental U.S.

�� Surviving are his daughter, Marsha Burns and husband Carl of Andover; three grandchildren, Amy Byrne, Dover, N.H., Thomas Byrne and wife Anne, Auburn, Casandra Toth, Pompano Beach, Fla., and two great-granddaughters, Marley and Emma Byrne; and nieces and nephews. Hw was predeceased by his wife, Margaret (Varady), West Paris; daughter, Jane Wheeler, Norristown, Pa.; and son, Mark Toth, Philadelphia, Pa., and all his siblings.

�� A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 18, at the First Congregational Church in Andover. Contributions in lieu of flowers; Ledgeview Activity Fund, 141 Bethel Road, West Paris, ME 04289.

Paul F. Trainor, 1943-2007 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, July 18, 2007)


ANDOVER - Paul F. Trainor, 63, of Pine Street, died on July 14, 2007 at the family camp on the Covered Bridge Road.


�� He was born in Dorchester, MA on August 30, 1943, a son of Michael Andrew and Eleanor (Cavanaugh) Trainor. He had attended schools in Dorchester.During the Vietnam War, he served as a Lcpl in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1960 to 1964.


�� For many years, he worked for the Wrentham State School in Wrentham, MA as a Direct Care provider and then owned and operated the Pine Ellis Bed & Breakfast and Hiker Lodge in Andover for many years until retirement in 2006.


Paul was a Communicant of St. Athanasius-St. John Church in Rumford. The dearest things to his heart were his wife and family, hikers, and his many friends over the years. He also had a deep appreciation of the outdoors and nature.


�� He was married in Norton, MA on Oct. 1, 1988 to the former Ilene Malouin Roberge, who survives of Andover.


�� Other survivors include a daughter, Michelle Tavares and husband, AJ of Massachusetts; two step-daughters, Denise and Dorinne Roberge of North Attleboro, MA; two step-sons, Roland Roberge and wife, Katherine of Norton, MA, Greg Roberge of Foxborough, MA; six grandchildren, Christian, Marie, Christiana, and Roland Eric Roberge of Norton, MA, Nicole Roberge of San Diego, CA, and Monique Roberge of North Attleboro, MA; a son-in-law, David Rousselin of Andover; a sister, Mary Mason of Massachusetts; two brothers, Joseph Trainor of Massachusetts, and Gerard Trainor of Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.


�� He was predeceased by a brother, Michael Trainor, Jr.


��� A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Athanasius-St. John Church, Rumford. Interment at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. Calling hours ate 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the

Meader & Son Funeral Home, Rumford. Those who desire please contribute to the Andover Fire and Rescue Department, Andover, ME 04216 in his memory.

Lewis Edward Trine, 1919 - 1989  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

Lewis Edward Trine, 70, died Dec. 12, 1989 at Central Maine Medical Center. He had resided in Andover since 1982, and was formerly of Portland, Westbrook and Bar Mills.

He was born in Salida, Colo., Dec. 9, 1919, the son of Merrill and Martha Smith Trine. He was a graduate of Hotchkiss High School in Hotchkiss, Colo., and attended college in Funnison [Gunnison?] Colo. He had served overseas during World War II in the Navy as a chief radioman.

Mr. Trine was a shoeworker at Herman Shoe Co. in Scarborough, and later was employed at Andover Wood Products in the maintenance department, and for a short time in maintenance at Ames Department Store in East Rumford, until his retirement in 1989. He was a communicant of St. Theresa’s Church, Mexico.

Mr. Trine was married in Annapolis, Md., on May 20, 1946, to the former Mildred Dubois, who survives of Andover. Other survivors include a daughter, Miss Michelle Marie Trine of Andover; his mother, Mrs. Martha Trine of Montrose, Colo.; a sister, Mrs. Arlene Kintz of Montrose, Colo.; and two brothers, Francis Trine of Snohomish, Colo., and Arthur Larry Trine of Placentia, Calif.

Prayers were conducted Dec. 16 at the Meader and Son Funeral Home, 3 Franklin St., Rumford, by Father Lionel Chouinard. Interment in the spring , in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Mildred M. Trine, 1922 – 2005 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, April 28, 2005)

Mrs. Mildred Mary Trine, 83, died April 21, 2005 at the Maine Medical Center in Portland.She was a resident of South Street, Saco.

She was born in Rumford, on Jan. 22, 1922, the daughter of Edward and Viola (Learned) Dubois.She attended schools in Andover and worked as a heeler and sole cementer at Harmon Shoe Co. in Scarborough for over 10 years until her retirement.

She was married in Annapolis, MD on May 20, 1946 to Lewis Edward Trine, who died in Lewiston on Dec. 12, 1989.

Survivors include a daughter, Michele M. Trine of Saco and several distant relatives.

Graveside services will be held this spring at Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover.Online condolences and shared memories may be expressed at

Roscoe G. 'Rockie' Truitt, 1925-2009 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, April 18, 2009)





LEWISTON - Roscoe G. "Rockie" Truitt, 84, of Crescent Avenue in Rumford, longtime resident of Springfield, Mass., and Kissimmee, Fla., died unexpectedly Thursday, April 16, at Central Maine Medical Center.

He was born in Rumford, on Jan. 20, 1925, a son of James A. and Katharine (Glines) Truitt. He was raised on the Glines family farm in North Rumford. He graduated from Stephens High School, Class of 1943.

He entered the U.S. Army at the age of 18 in October 1943, and fought with Company M 358th Infantry Division at Normandy through Northern France, Rhineland, and Ardennes, and the Battle of the Bulge as a sharpshooter.

He received numerous awards, including four Battle Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, and a Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in January 1946.

After his discharge, he served in the National Guard Reserves in Massachusetts, where he was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion, holding several offices, including the rank of commander.

He returned to Rumford from Springfield in May 2008. He enjoyed his summer vacations at the Adams Camp at Howard Pond.

Surviving are two brothers, Roger Adams and wife, Nancy, of West Simsbury, Mass., and Herbert Adams and wife, Dorothy, of Hanover; stepchildren, Karen Conti of Amesbury, Mass., Michael Conti of Springfield, Mass., and Terri DeFilipp and husband, Joseph, of Auburn; grandchildren, Jennifer Flynn and husband, Brian, of Boxford, Mass., and Andrew and Stephanie DeFilipp of Auburn; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Emma Flynn of Boxbury, Mass.; several nieces and nephews, and cousins; and a longtime friend, Virginia Justard of Rumford.

He was predeceased by his mother, Katharine G. Adams; his wife, June (Donnelly) Truitt; and a sister, Marilyn D'Lizzarraga.

Linwood E. Tucker, 1907 - 1985  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

EAST ANDOVER - Linwood E. Tucker, 78, died Saturday [April 27, 1985] at the Cozy Inn Nursing Home in Rumford.

He was born in Dixfield, April 5, 1907, the son of John and Alice Andrews Tucker. Mr. Tucker attended Dixfield schools from 1931 to 1939. A resident of Farmer Hill Road since 1939. Mr. Tucker owned and operated the Dill and Tucker Service Station in Mexico. Following his work at the service station he was self-employed as a woodsman in the Andover area until his retirement in 1969. He married the former Urfred J. Philbrick on April 6, 1931.

Survivors include his wife, Urfred Tucker of East Andover; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Darline) Hall of Andover; a brother, Daniel of Rumford Point; a sister, Mrs. William (Elizabeth) Paine of Severy Hill in Dixfield; and six grandchildren.

Urfred J. (Philbrick) Tucker, 1906 - 1990  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  RUMFORD - Urfred J. Tucker, 84, died Thursday [July 12, 1990] at Rumford Community Hospital, where she had been a patient for 10 days. For the last four years she had resided at Victoria Village in Canton. She formerly was of East Andover, where she had lived most of her life.

  Born in Andover on April 7, 1906 she was the daughter of Sidney and Minnie McMillan Philbrick. She attended Prince Edward Island schools.

  She was married in Dixfield on April 6,1931, to Linwood Tucker. He died in Rumford on April 27,1985.

  Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Darlene) Hall of East Andover, six grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

  At the family's request, there are no public calling hours, but friends are invited to attend the graveside service at 1 p.m., Saturday, at Woodlawn Cemetery at Andover with Rev. Donald Grover officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Meader & Son Funeral Home, 3 Franklin St., Rumford.


Richard J. Turcotte 1941-2003 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, July 3, 2003)

Richard Joseph Turcotte, 61, a resident of South Main Street, died unexpectedly early Tuesday, July 1, 2003 in his home at the Andover Guest House.

He was born in Rumford, July 19, 1941, the son of Emile R. and Jeanne M. Richard Turcotte and was educated in the schools of Fresno, Calif...

On Aug. 18, 2001 he married the former Sandra M. Clark in Andover. Mr. Turcotte was at present disabled but had been a welder in California for various companies and had worked on floats for well-known California parades.

�� He had served as the Inn Keeper for the Andover Guest House for the last several years and was fondly known as "Peg Leg" having been a "Trail Angel" along the Appalachian Trail.

�� He was a former motorcycle enthusiast, enjoyed watching football and was an avid NASCAR fan.

�� Survivors include his wife of Andover; his mother of Ellenton, Fla.; two daughters, Nadine Romano of Oregon, and Shannon Avellanes of Covina, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Crystal Clark of Smithville, Ontario, Canada; one sister, Joanne Barrett of Bradenton, Fla.; one brother, Douglas Turcotte and his wife Magdalena of Newton, Mass.; and four grandchildren, Joey, Matthew, Jimmy and Christine Avellanes of Covina, Calif.

�� Visitation Saturday 5 to 7 p.m. followed by the funeral at 7 p.m. at S.G. Thibault Funeral Home, 250 Penobscot Street, Rumford. Private committal and interment at a later date. Donations preferred to American Lung Association, 122 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330-5615.

Helen (Morton) Tweedie, 1884-1924 (From the Rumford Falls Times, January 19, 1924)


�� Mrs. Helen Tweedie who passed away in Rumford Saturday, Jan. 5 [1924] was the daughter of Joel Morton of this town and had lived here many years. She leaves besides her husband [John S. Tweedie] and seven children [Lawrence, Louis B., Thomas M., John E., Mabel E., Helen and an unidentified infant], two brothers, Charlie Morton of Mass. and Louis Morton of this town, and one sister, Mrs. Fred [Nellie] French of this town. She was a genial, kind-hearted woman and will be greatly missed in her family and a large circle of friends in Andover and Rumford. The remains were placed in the receiving vault and will be brought to Andover later and interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.


Z. W. Twitchell, 1855-1913 (Story from the Rumford Falls Times, September 20, 1913)

Death of Dr. Z. W. Twitchell, Andover

�� ANDOVER - SPECIAL TO THE TIMES – Dr. Z. W. Twitchell [also known as Walter Z. Twitchell] passed away at his home Saturday, Sept. 13th [1913] after several weeks illness, aged 58 years.

�� Dr. Twitchell came to Andover with his bride when quite a young man and built up a good practice in this town as well as in surrounding towns, and by his honesty and good nature among his patrons, made and left many friends. His only daughter [Ramona] has much sympathy in the bereavement of a kind and loving father.

�� The funeral was held at his late home, Monday afternoon, officiated by Rev. Mr. Little of the Universalist Church in Bethel. The order of Masons of which the deceased was a member conducted their solemn service. The flowers were many and beautiful.

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