FREEPORT – Thelma W. Dunning, 89, of Freeport, died peacefully at the Hawthorne House on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. She was born and raised in Freeport, where she attended Freeport schools. Thelma was a longtime member of the Congregational Church in Freeport. She retired from Downeast Energy where she served as a bookkeeper and accountant. Thelma had a love for all animals and was known best for her special way of making the holiday’s wonderful, particularly Christmas. Thelma always made certain there were plenty of presents under the tree for her family.

She is survived by her niece, Julie Dunning. Predeceased by her brother, Emmy, and her parents, Forrest and Clare Dunning.

A time of visitation will be held for Thelma on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, from 4-7 p.m., at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, Maine 04096. Interment will take place privately at Burr Cemetery, Freeport, Maine.

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Harry was also a bit of an amateur weatherman- he loved to listen to his weather radio, follow all the local and world weather news and reference his dog eared Old Farmer’s Almanac – always a gem of a Christmas present for him.

Harry and Norma (Hutchins) Lane, his wife of 64 years, raised five children together. He was also a grandfather to 10 and great-grandfather to four. He spent time at little league games and often the family lawn and backyard hosted games of catch and snow sledding. Raised in an era where affection was held close to the vest, Harry’s love was often shown through a good meal, money for your pocket or a gift shared from his garden or orchard. An annual Thanksgiving trip to Massachusetts to visit extended family was a chance for him to step outside his normal routine and catch up with his own siblings – especially his beloved sister, Ginny.

Harry is predeceased by his parents; as well as his siblings and spouses, George and Jerry Lane, Arthur and Anne Lane, Virginia (Lane) and Richard Geeren and Jack Lane.

He is survived by and will be sorely missed by his loving wife, Norma Lane of Durham; sons, Randy Lane of Richmond, Gary Lane and companion, Kira Lacasse of Lisbon Falls, Eric Lane and wife, Tammy of Durham, Glenn Lane and wife, Betty of Sabattus, his daughter, Gail Lane-Balde and husband, Bael of Orlando, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Shirley Lane of Attleboro, Mass. Additionally, his many grand and great-grandchildren; and his faithful dog Amos, who, at last calculation, must be 210 years old.

Per Harry’s request, there will not be a funeral service but a celebration of life will be arranged at a later date as well as the establishment of a scholarship fund to help further the life of a deserving “youngster” who is willing to work as hard in their life as Harry did in his own.

Finally, the family would like to express a sincere thank you to the Freeport Fire Department, the Durham Fire Department, the ASO deputy, MidCoast Hospital, CHANS Hospice, neighbors and friends who helped and supported Harry, and the entire family, during this time.