L-R: Rose Marie “Rosebud” Ryan, Cindy Shaw
Compiled by Rev. Susan Murphy
Rose Marie “Rosebud” Ryan, 73, dedicated teacher, wife and mother, died on Jan. 17, 2024, after a well-fought battle with brain cancer. She was born in Pittsfield, Mass., on Sept. 16, 1950, the daughter of veterinarian Dr. Winthrop and Marie (Geoffrion) Brielman of Holmes Road. She would grow up with her two brothers and two sisters on Abby Lodge Farm, a working dairy farm, doing the traditional chores and participating heavily in 4-H, a foundation for her future in elementary education. Rose graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1968, and four years later from North Adams State College, where she met her husband, Larry Ryan. They would share 53 years of marriage and would both teach fifth grade at Willard School in Sanford for the next 39 years. She loved working with her hands and was a skilled craftsperson and artist. She sewed quilts and baby blankets and made crafts by hand to give to friends and family. Her oil and acrylic paintings adorned the home. She played piano, enjoyed gardening and made ties for Larry. She absolutely loved spending time with her four grandchildren, who called her “Geenie,” and cherished that they lived close enough for her to see them regularly, watch them grow and become young adults. She is survived by her husband Larry, her children, Larry Ryan, of Norfolk, Virginia, and Amy (Ryan) Boucher and husband Peter of Wells, and her four grandchildren. Extended family and friends will gather on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, from 4 to7 pm for shared hugs and stories at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main St., Springvale. The family asks that you consider submitting a donation on Rose’s behalf to one of her cherished places, the Springvale Public Library, at 443 Main St., Springvale, ME 04083.
Cindy Shaw, 76, of Shaw’s Ridge Farm, Sanford, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 14, 2024, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease, with her beloved husband Richard by her side. She was born on Nov. 9, 1947, the daughter of the late Elgena and Irving Cook of Shapleigh and sister to Cheryl Cook. A graduate of Sanford High School, she furthered her education at Portland Cosmetology School and had a very successful 30-year career as owner and operator of Cindy’s Beauty Salon in Saco. Cindy married the love of her life, Richard H. Shaw, in 1992 and created a home with him at Shaw’s Ridge Farm in Sanford. Known fondly as “Mrs. Shaw” by countless generations of Shaw’s Ridge staff members, she was also best known on the property for the beautiful gardens she crafted year after year. She was an integral part of Shaw’s Ridge Ice Cream, and many signature ice cream flavors, including Native Strawberry, White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, and Mocha Macadamia, were all thanks to Mrs. Shaw. She and Richard also have fond memories of traveling with their closest friends, trips that were very special to Cindy. A celebration of Cindy’s life will be planned for this spring, when her favorite flowers will be back in bloom at Shaw’s Ridge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Cindy Shaw to the Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org. Read her full obituary here.
L-R: Justin Beau Matt, David Hall
Justin Beau Matt, 35, doting father, skilled carpenter, businessman and lover of the outdoors died peacefully on Sunday morning January14, 2024. He was born on September 5, 1988, in York, the son of Jeffrey and Michelle Matt. He shared his love of carpentry with his children just as his father and grandfather had shared with him. They were involved with projects from building birdhouses to shelves and bunk beds. Along the way he taught them family values instilled in him to accomplish your work with excellence, to be humble and produce a genuine product. Beyond Justin’s extensive skills and work ethic, you could often find him fishing his favorite pond, four-wheeling or simply enjoying a game of darts with close friends and his three children he loved deeply. At his core, Justin was known for his compassion and comforting words, as he always knew what to say to ease a troubled mind. Justin is preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his three children, Beau age 9, Mara age 8, and Harper age 8; his loving partner Rachel Williams, siblings, Jessica Matt, Nicholas Matt and his wife, Amanda Matt, Lucas Matt, and Ethan Matt; and all who were blessed to be a part of his life. A Celebration of Life will be held at Curtis Lake Church in Sanford on February 3rd at 3:30 PM. Read his full obituary at https://blackfuneralhomes.com/obituaries
David Hall, 83, a native of Sanford and former co-owner of Fall’s Agway has died. A time of remembrance was held for David at the Johnson Funeral Home at 26 Market Street, North Berwick on January 27.