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Orin L. Knowles (1935-2017)

On December 13, 2017  Orin L. Knowles, 82, of N. Chesterville  gained his wings at the Hospice House in Auburn with the love of his life, Melissa sitting beside him. He was born in Perkins Plantation Aug, 26, 1935,  the son of George and Albina Knowles.  He attended school in Weld, Wilton, Dryden and then went to work on local farms, Wilton Lumber Co. and then retired after working for Forsters Mfg, in Dryden for 34 years.  Orin worked as special police for Chesterville dances.  He enjoyed working at the fairgrounds.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and had a small gentlemen's farm in Chesterville. He was a member of N. Chesterville Grange #20 and Farmington Falls Union Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Melissa whom he married on Oct, 16 1954, in Chesterville a son Orin A. Knowles and his wife Sheri of N. Chesterville, two daughters, Diane Maberry and husband Albert of N. Chesterville, Julia Galusha and husband Michael of Chesterville, ten grandchildren Orin II, Melissa, Marina, Stephanie, Scott, Shaun, Keith, Allen, Karen, and Lisa. Eight great grandchildren, three sisters, Viola and Mabel Knowles both of Yarmouth, and Ann Thompson of Temple. He is predeceased by an infant daughter Debra, infant great grandchildren Dakota and Scott David Jr., a sister Dorothy Knowles and two brothers Alfred and Harold Knowles. 
NOTICE- A funeral will be held at 2:00PM, Sunday Dec 17th, 2017, at Adams-McFarlane Funeral Home  108 Court St, Farmington, With Rev. John Tolman officiating.  Donations can be made to the Farmington Falls Union Baptist Church, c/o June Nickerson-Hovey, treasurer, 145 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976. There will be a burial in the spring at Webster Cemetery.  Condolences may be given at

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John G. Hagerstrom (1925-2017)

John G. Hagerstrom, 92 of Strong, slipped away peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 12th on his 70th wedding anniversary. He was born in Strong on May 21st, 1925, son of Jack and Pearl (Von Scotta) Hagerstrom. He attended local schools and graduated from Farmington High School in 1943. After high school he enlisted in the Navy. He completed boot camp in Rhode Island and from there he was transferred to Chicago for training as an aviation electrician. After the war he came home to work in his father’s store “Jack’s Place” in Avon. He also was a finished carpenter; he built his own home in Fairbanks plus many more in the Farmington-Strong area. He also worked bridge construction throughout the State of Maine and worked on construction of the International Paper Mill in Jay. After the completion of the mill, he was hired as a millwright retiring from IP in 1987 after 20 years.

After his parents’ death, he moved his family from Fairbanks to his parents’ farm in Strong where he enjoyed working in the woods and producing maple syrup. He loved to dance, fish, play cards, tell stories and his cottage at Porter Lake.
He married the love of his life, Louise Davis, on Dec 12th, 1947. Together they raised their family of five children.
John was born, married and died at his parents’ farm in Strong where he lived for the past 50 years.

John is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Louise Hagerstrom; five children: Catherine Heald and husband Allyn of Ballston Spa, New York, John R. Hagerstrom of Kingfield, Thomas Hagerstrom and wife Alison of Farmington, Stephen Hagerstrom of Strong, and Candace Hagerstrom of Strong; six grandchildren: Greg Heald, Scott Heald, Zoe Peaks and husband Ken all of New York, Paige Hagerstrom and wife Sue of Auburn, Tyne Anzelc and husband RJ of Belgrade, and Riley Hagerstrom of Strong; three great-grandchildren: Josh Heald of New York, Chase Anzelc and Jordan Anzelc of Belgrade, many nieces, nephew, cousins and friends too numerous to mention.Besides his parents, he was predeceased by three sisters: Mildred Bird, Mabel Blanchard, and Alice Parlin.

There will be a graveside service on May 21, 2018 at Fairview Cemetery in Farmington. Donations in his memory may be made to the Fairbanks Union Church, P.O. Box 206, Farmington, Maine 04938. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court Street, Farmington, Maine 04938.

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John Richard Corey (1941-2017)

John Richard Corey, 76, of Farmington passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at his home. He was born March 14, 1941 in Bangor the son of Harold and Ethel Corey. He was a graduate of John Bapst High School class of 1959. John met his wife of 54 years in 1961 and they married in Orono in 1963. He worked 23 years for Emery Waterhouse as a traveling hardware salesman then three years for Hammond Lumber before retiring from International Paper after 15 years of service. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, fishing, walking his dog, and his camp on Locke Pond. John was a people person who will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

John is survived by his wife Victoria of Farmington; his daughter Beth Walker of Farmington; his son Richard Corey and his wife Cathy of Industry; his four grandchildren Nicole, Samantha, Vanessa, and Jakob; two great grandchildren James and Madison; two sisters Barbara Willey and husband James of Portland, and Sharon Coffey and husband Chuck of Brewer; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother James Corey.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 from 2-4pm at Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court St., Farmington. Donations in John's memory may be made to The Franklin County Animal Shelter, 550 Industry Road, Farmington, Maine 04938. Condolences may be sent for the family at 

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Charles Henry Bennett (1948-2017)

Charles Henry Bennett, 69, of Farmington passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Florida. He was born April 7, 1948 in Wakefield, RI the son of John and Bertha Bennett Sr. He attended the schools of Temple and Farmington before joining the US Army Truck Driving School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He served his country from 1967-1972. Charlie worked as a truck driver in RI for ten years and then as a long haul trucker across the US until his retirement in 2004. He owned and operated Charlie's Lawn Care business for fourteen years on the side.

Charlie was a lifetime member of Roderick Crosby Post #28 American Legion, past Post Commander, past State Sgt. at Arms, past National Homeland Security member, a Color Guard member since 1990, Elks Club since 2002 holding Officers Chairs, and Maine Veterans Cemetery Co-Chairman.

Charlie is survived by his wife Carol (Rand) Bennett; daughters Carla Fitch and husband Tim of Wilton, Donna Bennett and companion Steve Brackett of Temple, and Deanna Trundy and husband Matt of Madison; sons Tommy Rand and wife Tina of Jay, and Joe DiBiasio of RI; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by a grandson Braydon Portie and brother John W. Bennett Jr.. 

Visitation will take place on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 from 11-12 followed by a memorial service at noon, all at Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court St., Farmington. A reception will take place at 2:00pm at the Roderick Crosby Post #28 Legion Hall, High St., Farmington. Interment will take place at a later date at the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta. Those wishing may make donations in Charlie's memory to Roderick Crosby Post #28 Legion, 38 High St., Farmington, Maine 04938. Condolences may be sent for the family at 

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Marjorie Esther Bragg (1924-2017)

Marjorie Esther Bragg, 92, of Farmington passed away Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at The Pierce House in Farmington where she was a resident. She was born Dec. 20, 1924 in Waldoboro, ME the daughter of Elroy and Esther Gross. She was educated in the schools of New York and Vermont graduating from Foxcroft Academy in 1942. Marjorie married William Bragg on Dec. 31, 1943 in Bangor.  She worked for 34 years at the University of Maine at Farmington retiring in 1987. 

Marjorie is survived by two daughters Sharron Bennett of Grayson, Louisiana and Charlotte Littlefield and husband Clifton of Boothbay; two grandchildren Melaney Murphy and Husband, Eric Webster and Wife; Step Daughter Shelene Littlefield; two great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren; Two Step Grandchildren; neice Nancy Battick and Husband; nephew Kenneth Bertchell and Wife. She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years William; grandsons Jace and William; and her brother Elroy Gross Jr.

A graveside service will take place at Rural Grove Cemetery in Dover Foxcroft on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at 1:00pm. Those wishing may make donations in Marjorie's memory to Shriners Hospital for Children, c/o John Mellor, Hunts Meadow Road, Whitefield, Maine 04353. Arrangements under the care of Adams-McFarlane Funeral & Cremation Services, 108 Court St., Farmington. Condolences may be sent for the family at

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