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230 COTTAGE RD
SOUTH PORTLAND, ME 04106-3802
Hobbs Funeral Home
South Portland, Maine
Phone: (207) 799-4472
Elizabeth A. Hobbs
South Portland, Maine
Hobbs Funeral Home
Phone: (207) 883-5599
June 30, 1958 - July 27, 2014
Javier Valencia Arteaga, 56, of Old Orchard Beach, ME, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday morning after a twelve year battle with cancer. He was a loving son, father, brother, uncle and friend. Javier left his homeland of Mexico in the late 70s in search of the American dream.
In 1994, he moved from Los Angeles to Maine to raise his family. He was a man of God who enjoyed the outdoors and lending a hand wherever and to whomever he could.
He is survived by his three children, father, brother and sisters.
Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, July 30, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 65 Mellen Street, Portland, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, at Scarborough Memorial Cemetery in Scarborough. Arrangements made by Hobbs Funeral Home, 671 US Route One, Scarborough, ME.
August 5, 1923 - July 27, 2014
Educated in South Portland schools and Saint Josephs College (which, at that time, was located in Portland), Kay worked in the South Portland naval shipyard as a secretary. After the war, she taught elementary school at the North School in Portland. She often brought bags of clothing to school for the many underprivileged children she worked with. It was during this time that she met and married Dr. John F. Jaques, one of the original professors of Portland Junior College, the predecessor of the University of Southern Maine. It is said that Kay was working at the Portland Public Library when one day, John separated two books on a shelf and saw her in the other aisle. It was love at first sight. During their life together, they were devoted to each other and to the family that they raised in South Portland.
Kay and John were avid gardeners. Cars often slow as they pass by the Jaques house to admire the perennials and shrubs that flourish on their property. Kay and John were also very active politically, especially with support of the career of Edmund Muskie. Proud of her Irish and German heritage, she knew a few choice words in Gaelic and often told stories of her hardworking immigrant ancestors who came to America to start a new life.
Her favorite time was that spent with her family. Kay cherished her three children, John, Mary Jo, and Katherine. She taught them to be strong and independent. Many fond memories were created around seasonal celebrations and annual car trips along the midcoast of Maine. As her children grew and started families of their own, she was blessed with three grandchildren, whom she absolutely adored: Lindsay and Nathan Jaques, and Katie Sharma.
Kay is predeceased by her husband of 55 years, John; her two sisters, Mary J. Walsh and Dorothy E. Willwerth; and her brother William T. Willwerth. She is survived by a son John W. Jaques and wife Lisa of Windham; a daughter Mary Jo Daigle and husband, Robert, of Arundel, and daughter Katie Sharma; and a daughter Katherine A. Peary and husband, David, of South Portland and his children Stephen Peary and family of Gorham, Beth Peary of South Portland, and Yanni Peary of Brooklyn, New York; grandchildren Lindsay Jaques and wife Nichole Gulliver of Sebago and daughter Scout, Nathan Jaques of Medford, Massachusetts; sister-in-law, Betty Willwerth of Cape Elizabeth; many nieces and nephews; finally friend and confidant, Cheryl Houde.
The family would like to thank the Cedars of Portland, and their dedicated staff for the exceptional care they provided Kay in the final months of her life.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. memorial service for Kay, on Thursday, July 31 at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the City of South Portland, notation: Bug Light Park/Parks and Recreation, 25 Cottage Road, P.O. Box 9422, South Portland, ME 04106.
August 24, 1922 - July 23, 2014
SCARBOROUGH Kenneth J. Libby, 91, of Scarborough, passed away on July 23, 2014, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. Ken was born in Scarborough on August 24, 1922, the oldest son of Richard and Maude (Plowman) Libby. Growing up, Ken was active in 4H and graduated from Scarborough High School in 1940. Ken attended Bentley Business School in Boston and graduated from Bryant-Stratton Business School. He served in the US Army Air Force from 1942-1945 and was a member of the Night Fighters 450th AAF Base Unit, Hammer Field, California. In 1943, Ken married Maudie (Googins) of Lamoine, ME in Wisconsin, and their first child, Theodore Ted Emery, was born in California in 1945. Upon discharge, the family returned to Scarborough. Ken worked at the Eastland Hotel in Portland, Coca-Cola Bottling, and served as Scarborough Town Clerk. In 1949, Ken went to work for the U.S. Post Office in Scarborough, serving as Postmaster at the seasonal Prouts Neck Office from 1952-1967. During this time, Ken also worked for the Maine Turnpike Authority, retiring as the Acting Executive Director in 1977 for medical reasons.
Ken enjoyed coaching both sons in little league and stamp collecting. He was a Charter Member of the Scarborough Rescue and a member of the State Police Reserve in late 1950s-early 1960s. He served as director of the the Scarborough Library, Scarborough Historical Society and the Black Point Cemetery Association. Ken and Maudie enjoyed traveling throughout the US.
Ken was pre-deceased by his son Ted, and his brother and sister-in-law Richard Mike (Ruth) Libby.
In addition to his wife of 71 years, Ken is survived by his daughter Prudence (Phillip) Netzorg, Thomaston, ME; his son Gregory Buster (Theresa) Libby, Atkinson, NH; three grandchildren Robyn Holdsworth, Caribou, ME; Ronda (Shad) Johnston, Presque Isle, ME; and Randy (Avery) Libby, McLean, VA; eight great grandchildren Branden, Colby and Ethan Holdsworth; Brycen Libby and Abagail Johnston; and Ryan, Nico and Emery Libby. Ken is also survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Maurice Googins (Suzanne), Lamoine, ME; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends and relatives are welcome to join the family in a celebration of Kens life. Calling hours are Saturday, July 26, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. followed by service at 11:30 a.m., at Hobbs Funeral Home, 671 US Route One, Scarborough. Burial is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., July 26, at Black Point Cemetery.
The family thanks the Gosnell Memorial Hospice Home, Scarborough, Hospice of Southern Maine, Home Helpers, and all of the many special friends and neighbors for their loving care and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veterans Memorial C/O the Black Point Cemetery Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 118, Scarborough, ME 04070-0118, or to the Scarborough Rescue, P.O. Box 360, Scarborough, ME.
December 26, 1915 - July 22, 2014
Manchester Center, VTHanna M. Blaise, a recent resident of Equinox Terrace in Manchester Center passed away on July 22, 2014 at the age of 98. She was born in Germany on December 26, 1915, to Gustav and Anna (Behrens) Muller. She came to the USA in 1922 with her widowed mother and they settled in Queens, NY.
She met her husband, Edward Blaise, Jr., while working together at the Ridgewood Savings Bank in Ridgewood, NY. They were married in 1936 and raised two children, Linda and Edward III. Her husband died in 1991.
For several years, while living in Huntington, NY, Mrs. Blaise was a volunteer at the Burrwood Home for the Blind in Lloyd Harbor, NY. She also worked for a number of years as a volunteer at the Southbury, CT Womens Exchange, which carried her hand knitted baby afghans. She continued selling her afghans until recently at the Dedham Womens Exchange in Dedham, MA.
Between 1998 and 2011, she made her home at Higgins Beach, Scarborough with her son and daughter-in-law, and loved walking on the beach gathering shells and driftwood. In 2012, she moved to Equinox Terrace in Manchester Center where she was close to her daughter and family.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Drunsic and husband, William of Manchester Center, VT and her son, Edward Blaise and his wife, Faye of Scarborough, ME. She is also survived by six grandchildren, four great grandsons and two great granddaughters.
Hanna will be greatly missed by her family and friends for her wonderful sense of humor and her generous, caring spirit. A celebration of her life will be held at some point in the future.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the charity of your choice
Arrangements are under the guidance of Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland, Maine. Condolences may be expressed online at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.
July 30, 1928 - July 21, 2014
Franklin, MA - Patricia Love Spear, 85, passed away peacefully in the loving company of her family at home on July 21, 2014. She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on July 30, 1928, to Joseph and Leona Love and grew up as the eldest of four children in the family home in Dudley, Massachusetts. Following high school at the young age of 16, Pat attended Boston University School of Music.
Following graduation, Pat moved to South Portland, Maine where she was the music instructor for the South Portland school system. There she met her husband of 49 years, the late William Spear. Together they began their married life, raising three loving children and establishing home life in Hampton, NH, Ridgefield, CT, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough, Maine.
She loved music especially Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra and played many musical instruments the piano was her favorite. She was a gifted seamstress and quilter. She also loved to travel and enjoyed many trips to Hawaii.
Pat was a woman of great faith and left Maine as a devout parish member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Scarborough, Maine. She will always be remembered as a woman devoted to her family who gave of herself to others.
She is predeceased by her husband William F. Spear and leaves behind a loving and grateful family including her three children Suzanne (Spear) Grogan of Franklin, Mass, Janet M. Spear of Franklin, Mass and Timothy P. Spear and his wife Cheryl of St. Petersburg, Florida, cherished grandchildren Jennifer (Grogan) McDermott and her husband Sean, Patricia Grogan and Christopher Spear, her beloved sisters Ann Blood and Mary Mason and her husband Lawrence Mason Sr. and her loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Joseph P. Love S.J.
Her greatest love was her friends and family. She was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed. If preferred, in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Franklin Ambulance Gift Account, 40 West Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038.
Visiting hours will be 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, August 1, at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, August 2, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough. Burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery in Cape Elizabeth. Onlne condolences may be expressed at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.
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HOBBS FUNERAL HOME
230 COTTAGE RD
SOUTH PORTLAND, ME 04106-3802