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L-R Irene Jacques, Janice Brewster, Corinne Troiano, Shirley Prime

Irene W. Jacques, 92, passed away peacefully on June 8, 2023, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Springvale. Born in Duluth, MN on March 7, 1931, while still a child her family moved to the booming mill town of Sanford where she eventually met her love, Roland Jacques. Four years after graduating from Sanford High School, Irene joined Roland in Fairbanks, AK where he was stationed in the Air Force, and they married on March 14, 1953. They would live worldwide for the next 20 years of his military career and would then return to their hometown of Sanford, where they raised three children. As a homemaker, Irene devoted her time, love, and attention to her family and perfected her skills in crafting, sewing, quilting, and knitting. She also served in various ministries at Notre Dame Church in Springvale, and provided civic services for Welcome Wagon, Census, and as a ballot clerk. Her cheerful disposition always made it fun to be around her and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Irene and Roland were married for 61 years, until his death in 2014. She was also preceded in death by her son Brett Jacques in 2021. She is survived by Brett’s wife Pamela and his two sons, Chace and Corbin; by her daughter Catherine and her husband Peter Taft and their four children, Aaron, (wife Alyssa, children Avery and Amelia), Daniel, (fiancé Katelyn), Rachel, and John; by her son Jeffrey and his four children lan, Emily, Owen, and Ashley; by her sister Bette and her husband, Howard; by several nieces and nephews; and by many special friends. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, at Holy Family Church. (

Janice Ellen Davis Brewster passed away at her Alfred, Maine home on Wednesday, May 24th at the age of 91. Born on May 19, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio, she traveled a great deal due to her father’s occupation, so her childhood was spent in Ohio, Connecticut, and Indiana. She met her beloved partner for life, Dr. John Brewster, as a young girl and they were married July 20, 1957, celebrating 55 years of marriage before John’s death. Upon retiring they moved to Alfred. Her favorite place was Wells Beach. She loved traveling with family and friends both abroad and domestically. A caregiver for many family members, she was proud to be able to provide a loving home as the “wife of a chiropractor” and “stay at home mom.” Jan always remarked how blessed she was to not only be born into a wonderful family, but also to have such a wonderful family and friends of her own. She is survived by her daughter Allison Brewster, son-in-law Ole Mathiesen, daughter Carol Brewster Skowronski, son-in-law Rudy Skowronski, grandchildren Jesse and Mia Skowronski, all of Alfred. For her friends and neighbors, a celebration of Jan’s life will be on Sunday, July 16th at 2:00 p.m. at Bibber Memorial at Autumn Green, 47 Oak St., in Alfred.

Corinne M. Troiano, 78, of Sanford danced into her next life on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 with her favorite music playing and family by her side. Corinne was born in Sanford on September 30, 1944, the youngest of five children of Conrad and Delina (Bourque) Emard. She grew up, lived, and loved her entire life in Sanford. She attended St. Ignatius School and married 20-year Navy Veteran Antonio “Tony” Troiano in 1963. Together, they built a beautiful life, raising and caring for their children along the way. Once widowed, she found new friends and copious amounts of fun at the Trafton Senior Center. Corinne lived her life on her own terms, including her last chapter. Those who knew her, knew she was not shy! They also knew that they could come to her with anything. She enjoyed people, and listened to their life stories while passing on the importance of love, health and happiness. Corinne was predeceased by Tony, her husband of over 50 years, in 2014. She is survived by her sister, Mariette, her son, Jeffrey Troiano, and his wife Abby Dubay-Troiano, her daughter, Tracy Troiano, and her partner Robert Endre, and her grandchildren, Justin, Courtney, Jordan, Olivia, Matthew and Beckett. The family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of contributions to The Trafton Center in Sanford, a subsidiary of the YMCA. A private graveside service will occur at Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery. (

Shirley A. Prime, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2023, at the age of 87 at Pinnacle Health and Rehabilitation in Sanford. Shirley was born in Sanford on November 22, 1935 to Philip and Emily (Harvey) Michaud and grew up in Sanford and attended St. Ignatius School, where she laid the foundation for a life filled with love, compassion, and a strong work ethic. Shirley married the love of her life, Gordon Prime, on November 25, 1954 and together they embarked on a remarkable journey spanning nearly 69 years. She radiated kindness, love, and her unwavering support left an indelible mark on the lives of her family and friends. At Shirley’s request arrangements will be private. Interment will be held at Oakdale Cemetery. (

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