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Rapson, Andria Miller, Mrs. Andria Miller Rapson, died at Flagstaff, Arizona, November 11, 1955, where she had lived for the past ten years. She was born at Islesboro, June 6, 1912, the daughter of Joseph P. and Angie Sanborn Miller. She was a frequent visitor in Belfast, where she was active in the Baptist Church, Girl Scouts, and took a post graduate course at Crosby High School and at one time conducted a kindergarten class on Cedar Street. She is survived by her husband, Walter H. Rapson; a daughter Mary P. Rapson; a son, Charles N. Rapson of Flagstaff; an aunt, Mrs. Andria Sanborn Brown of Norfolk Va.; two [obit was cut off here]. (Orlando Sanborn Scrapbook, newspaper clipping).
Reed, Phyllis B. (Kalloch), Shop owner Phyllis Reed - WARREN — Phyllis Belinda Kalloch Reed, 79, died unexpectedly May 8, 2004, at Maine Medical Center, Portland, after a brief illness. She was born July 28, 1924, in Portland, a daughter of Mervyn “Ray” and Emma (Carroll) Kalloch. As a young child, she and her family moved to Thomaston. She attended school in Thomaston and graduated from Thomaston High School in 1942. As a young woman, she often played the organ at Thomaston Baptist Church. She worked at Senter Crane in Rockland as a window designer and clerk, and later at Perry’s Market, Rockland. She married Kenneth R. Reed of Thomaston May 20, 1946. Together they owned and operated Reed’s Gift Shop for 58 years. The family said she was known for her quick wit, sense of humor, quick smile, love of music and generous heart. One of her greatest joys was her grandson. She enjoyed volunteering at local nursing homes and often played the keyboard for special occasions. She was predeceased by a brother, Phillip Kalloch of Cushing. Survivors include her husband of Warren; a son, Arthur “Skip” Reed and his wife, Robin, of Winthrop; a grandson, Scott Reed and his wife, Jaime, of Buxton; two step-grandchildren, Rachel Bowler of Monmouth and Wayne Ward of Baltimore; three step-great-grandchildren, Allison and Ross Bowler and Travis Ward; and a special friend, Marguerite Hills of Waldoboro. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday (today) at Cushing Cemetery, North Pond Road, the Rev. Vernon Jordan officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841. Arrangements are with Davis Funeral Home, Thomaston. (Newspaper source was not included with obituary copy).
Reed, Kenneth R., Kenneth Reed, owned Reed’s Gift Shop - WARREN — Kenneth R. Reed, 84, a resident of Atlantic Highway, died Jan. 18, 2006, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center In Rockport. He was born Feb. 25, 1921, in Spencer. Mass., the son of Ernest and Merle Churchill Reed, and was a graduate of David Prouty Regional High School in Spencer, class of 1939. The Reed family moved from Spencer to Thomaston in the early 1940s. A Navy veteran of World War II, he served from 1943 to 1946 in the Pacific theater aboard the rescue tug USS Ankara (ATF98). He married Phyllis Kalloch on May 20, 1946, and the lived in Thomaston for a short period before moving to Warren, where he lived until his death. During those years, he and his brother, Gordon, started a novelty woodworking shop and sold their products through various catalogs, including Sears, Roebuck & Co. in the 1950s, he and his wife started Reed’s Gift Shop in Warren. He built all the display tables in the shop, which are now on display at the Lighthouse Museum in Rockland. He took extreme pride in his work, the family said, making sure his gift shop and woodworking were perfect. He was famous for the lobster trap mailbox that he made, which was on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The John Deere Co. used an image of the mailbox in its 2003 calendar. He was very proud of his grandson and new great granddaughter, and enjoyed spending time at his cottage in Owls Head. He hosted an annual get together at his cottage for his Navy buddies once a year. He was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis Kalloch Reed, in 2004, and a brother, Gordon Reed, in 1993. Survivors Include a son, Skip Reed, and his wife, Robin, of Winthrop; a grandson, Scot Reed, and his wife Jaime, of Buxton; a great-granddaughter Kaitlyn Reed, of Buxton; two step-grandchildren, Wayne Ward and his wife, Kim, of York, Pa., Rachel Bowler and her husband, Jerry, of Monmouth; three step-great-grandchildren, Travis Ward of York, Pa., Ross Bowler and Allison Bowler, both of Monmouth. A private graveside service will be held. Memorial donations may be made to the Knox County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841. Arrangements are with Hall and Bibber Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 78 Main St., Thomaston. (The Courier-Gazette, Jan. 21, 2006).
Reilly, Evelyn K., Evelyn K. Reilly, 93, New Harbor, A longtime resident of Thomaston died peacefully Nov. 29, 1998 in Cushing, ME. Born Aug. 28, 1905, in Salem, Mass., she was the daughter of Arthur D. and Dora (Clark) Kalloch. She graduated from Thomaston High School in 1923 and Farmington Normal School in 1926. Mrs. Reilly taught primary school in Mexico, Maine and elementary school both in Cushing and South Thomaston. She and her husband Carroll resided for over 50 years in Thomaston, coming to New Harbor in 1969. Mr. Reilly predeceased her in 1990. She is survived by her son Donald T. Reilly, of New Harbor, six grandchildren, Dana, Keith, and Ted of Norwalk, Conn., Alan of Brunswick, Neil of Pemaquid, Robin of West Palm Beach, Fla., 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. At the request of the family, she will be laid to rest, with her husband, Carroll, at the New Harbor Cemetery, with no services. Remembrances may be made to the New Harbor First Responder, c/o Jeri Pendleton, So. Side Road, New Harbor, 04554.
Richardson, Eleanor, CUSHING [ME] -- Eleanor Pearson Richardson, 90, formerly of Westport Island and Andover, Mass., died Nov. 3, 2002, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Rockport, of leukemia. She was a resident of The Homestead in Cushing. She was born Dec. 6, 1911, in Weymouth, Mass., a daughter of Parker Tufts and Edith (Kalloch) Pearson. She attended Weymouth schools, where her father was superintendent for 33 years, and received a bachelor of arts degree from Tufts University in 1933. During college, she worked summers at the old Samoset Hotel in Rockland and then, after a brief career at Quincy (Mass.) Telephone Co., married Elford Hubbard Richardson June 13, 1936. Mr. Richardson’s career as a civil engineer took the family from Westwood, Mass., to Hornell, N.Y., Pittsburgh and Portland. Mrs. Richardson was an instructor in hand-hooked rugs, and was accomplished in tray painting, knitting, needlepoint and embroidery. The Richardsons retired to a small coastal farm on Westport Island, where they raised animals, fruits and vegetables. They were involved in the community and donated the land for the Westport community building and fire department. They were founding members of the Unitarian Universalist Midcoast Fellowship in Edgecomb. Mr. Richardson died Nov. 18, 1996. Mrs. Richardson was predeceased by two sons, Elford Richardson Jr. in 1938 and David Thomas Richardson in 1980, both of cystic fibrosis. She is survived by a sister, Dorothy Pearson of Ormond Beach, Fla.; a son, the Rev. Peter Tufts Richardson and his wife, Eleanor (Motley), of Rockland, formerly of Andover, Mass.; a daughter, Dorothy Ann Richardson of Glendale, Calif.; a daughter-in-law, Rachel Richardson Zoller of Newcastle; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the UU Fellowship in the Edgecomb Town Hall, the Rev. David Cole officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern New England Chapter, 114 Perimeter Road, Unit G & H, Nashua NH 03063; or Midcoast UU Fellowship, Edgecomb ME 04556. Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland. (Photo page).
Rising, Elmer, READING, MA -- Elmer Rising, 81, well-known area artist, formerly of Reading, died Nov. 29, 1987 in a Danvers nursing home, as he had lived, quietly and peacefully. He was the widower of Elizabeth (Mercer) Rising who died in 1962. Mr. Rising was a native a Rockland, where the ships, lighthouses and rocky inlets of the area of his youth were the subjects of many of his works. Because of color blindness, he worked in pen and ink, and his sketches were rendered with an awareness of detail and sensitivity that brought life to a lobster pot or deserted farmhouse as well as to faces of his subjects. He had an uncanny ability to capture mood, translating the essence of character into shades of black and white. It was his desire that his work portray things so realistically that people “...feel they could reach right down into the lobster pots...or climb right up into a tree.” After leaving Maine in 1924 to attend the School of Practical Art in Boston, he worked as a scientific illustrator at Harvard University for 42 years. Upon his retirement, he worked full time at his art, chronicling the New England scene until a cataract operation and ill health forded him to lay down his pen in 1985. His work has been exhibited throughout New England, in the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Addison Gallery of Art at Phillips Andover Academy, and the Concord Art Association. This past summer, a special showing of his pen and ink renderings was held at the Art for America Gallery in Newcastle. An art book of fine prints, “New England in Black and White” was published in 1985. Mr. Rising was a member of the Reading Art Association and his work is displayed at The Harbor Gallery in Rockport as well as The Artist’s Shoppe and Gallery in Reading. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Willard Buddenhagen and two grandsons, Erich and Curtis Buddenhagen, all of Manchester, MA. A memorial service was held Wednesday in the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers. Interment followed in Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading. Visitation hours were Tuesday evening at the Peterson Funeral Home, Maple Street, Danvers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Elmer Rising Art Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 513, Manchester, MA 01944. (The Courier-Gazette, Rockland, Maine, Dec. 3, 1987). (Biographical page).
Rising, Laura M. (Kalloch), Mrs. Laura M. Rising, 86 of Rockland, died at a Thomaston nursing home Monday. She was the widow of Harry T. Rising. Mrs. Rising was born at St. George, June 25, 1879, the daughter of Adam and Callie Chaples Kalloch. She is survived by a son Elmer A. Rising of Reading, Mass.; four brothers, Harold Kalloch of Auburn, Mass., Carl Kalloch of Owls Head, Herbert Kalloch and Leroy Kalloch, both of Rockland; three sisters Mrs. Olive Blackman of Rockland, Mrs. Ethel Dow of West Lebanon, N.H., and Mrs. Alice Frisbee of Concord, N.H.; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Burpee Funeral Home with Rev. Richard H. Hopkins of the First Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in Achorn Cemetery. (Photo page).
Rising, Richard Joyce, RISING, Richard J. beloved father of the Misses Martina
Marie and Lisa Joyce Rising, son of Mrs. Myrtis Colbeth, brother of Arthur
Colbeth and Mrs. Mary Johnson. Service 12 noon, Monday at the Wee Kirk
o' the Heather, Forest Lawn-Glendale. Forest Lawn Mortuary.
(From the September 20, 1974, Los Angeles Times).
Robinson, Leola F., ST. GEORGE -- Leola F. Robinson, 91, of Wileys Corner died Saturday at a Rockland nursing home. She was born in St. George, a daughter of Frank and Ella Kinney Robinson, and lived here all of her life. During World War I, she worked for a short time In Washington D.C. In 1965, she retired from the Central Maine power Co. store. Miss Robinson was a member of the St. George Baptist Church, where she was honored In 1976 with a plaque on which was expressed appreciation for her many years of service. She served For many years as Sunday School superintendent, was church treasurer from 1946 to 1980 and sang in the church choir until she was in her 80s. Miss Robinson was a Golden Sheaf member of the St. George Grange, a volunteer of the Red Cross and visited ‘the Togus Veterans Hospital for many years. She also was a member of the North Parish Church Association and the St George Historical Society. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Faustina W. Spring of Rockland. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. George Baptist Church, Wileys Corner. The Rev. Vernon Jordan will officiate. Burial will be in the North Parish Cemetery. Arrangements are by Davis Funeral Home, Thomaston.
Robinson, T. Myrtland, ST. GEORGE [ME] -- T. Myrtland Robinson of East Rochester, N.H. formerly of St. George, died Monday night [3/23/1970], at a Sanford, Me., nursing home following an illness of several weeks. He was born June 21, 1886 in St. George, the son of Frank and Ella (Kinney) Robinson and the oldest of seven children. He is survived by one daughter, Violet E. Robinson of Worcester, Mass., and two sons, M. Glover and Herman Robinson of East Rochester, N.H.; one brother, Bernard A. Robinson of South Thomaston; two sisters, Faustina Spring and Leola Robinson of St. George; also four grandchildren. Funeral services are being held in Rochester, N.H. on Thursday, March 26.
Rokes, Grace N., CAMDEN (April 19, 2006): Grace Nellie Rokes, 89, died April 14, 2006 at the Knox Center for Long-Term Care in Rockland. She was born in East Union on June 9, 1916 and was the daughter of John and Jessie (Young) Goff. She married Horace B. Rokes. Mrs. Rokes was employed with Van Baalen Corporation in Rockland for more than 25 years. She also was a member of the Hope Grange No. 299, Georges River Grange No. 118, Owls Head Extension and Camden Senior Citizens, a lifetime member of the Eastern Star Ocean View Chapter 201, and a volunteer for the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League. She loved animals, her birds, gardening, crocheting and her home on the farm. Her family said she was known as "Mom" or "Grammy" to everyone who knew her. She loved her family and her many friends, especially her close friend Joan Carol Baker of Hope. She was predeceased by her son Frederick R. Young on Oct. 9, 1995; two sisters, Carolyn David and Eunice Collins; and her brother Elmer Goff of Union. She is survived by her husband, Horace B. Rokes of Camden; three daughters, Ruth Ross of Owls Head, Donna Morine and her husband Philip of Union, and Cynthia Menard and her husband Alfred of Livermore, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Laurel Williams and her husband Owen of Salem, N.H.; a stepson, Thomas Rokes and his wife Monica of Camden; three brothers, Donald Pushaw and his wife Laura of South Hope, John Goff and his wife Lois of Cranston, R.I., and Irving Goff and his wife Bernice of Warwick, R.I.; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial service will be announced. Memorial donations may be made to the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box 707, Rockport, ME 04856. Arrangements are with the Laite Funeral Home at 9 Mountain St. in Camden. (The Village Soup, Apr. 19, 2006). (Photo from obituary).
Rollins, William H., YARMOUTH -- William H. Rollins, 89, died late yesterday [9/7/1968] in an Augusta hospital after a long illness. He formerly lived at 33 E. Elm St. His wife Mary Costello Rollins, died in 1950. Mr. Rollins was born Aug. 8, 1879, at Warren, son of Edwin and Marrilla Simons Rollins. He was educated in Warren schools. He lived for many years in Thomaston and Camden, where he learned the blacksmith trade from his father. In 1922, he moved to Yarmouth, where he owned and operated a blacksmith shop. Mr. Rollins was a member of Orient Lodge No. 15, AF&AM of Thomaston 68 years. He was a charter member of Grace chapter, OES, of Thomaston, and a member of that chapter more than 50 years. Survivors include a son Maynard A. Rollins, Shrewsbury, N. J.; five daughters, Mrs. Everett (Florence) Burnell, Yarmouth, Mrs. Wadleigh (Beatrice) Dyer, South Freeport, Mrs. Byron (May) Greenlaw, Yarmouth, Mrs. William (Ruth) Wilkins, West Falmouth, and Mrs. Lawrence (Mildred) Reinsborough, Yarmouth; two sisters, Miss. Clara M. Rollins and Mrs. Harriet Turner, both of Detroit, Mich.; 25 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Lindquist Funeral Home, 37 Portland St. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. A Masonic memorial service will be held by the Casco Lodge of Yarmouth at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
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