Elizabeth “Betty” Kaherl


AUBURN – Elizabeth “Betty” Kaherl, 88, passed away at the Hospice House on May 15.

She was born in Winslow, daughter of Chester Garland and Sadie (LaChance) Garland. Her father died when she was 2 years old, and she was raised in North Vassalboro by her mother and stepfather, Eddie A. “Hike” York. Hike York was Betty’s hero for all of her life and was “Grampie” to her children. Betty attended schools in Vassalboro and Waterville and was proud of having been awarded a Palmer Method certificate for her outstanding penmanship.

In her teen years, she spent each summer with her Aunt Lynn, who owned Belliveau’s Popcorn Stands on the beach and at the end of the pier in Old Orchard. Among her fondest memories were those of the people who frequented the pier and the fun she had with her aunts, Lynn Belliveau and Grace Getchell. Betty can be seen in many of the old photos and postcards of the Old Orchard pier, standing behind the counter of Belliveau’s Popcorn Stand.

She was the widow of Everett B. Kaherl, who died in 1958; they would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on May 16.

She lived in North Vassalboro until 1992, at which time she moved to Lewiston. For many years, she retained her membership in the Vassalboro Senior Citizens club and attended most of the Vassalboro gatherings at John Martin’s Manor each year and tried to keep in touch with her friends in “the North.”

Surviving are daughters, Roberta Veilleux of Auburn, Rebecca S. Green of Fairfield and Beverly Pelletier and her husband, Walter, of Canaan; sons, Bruce R. Kaherl of Sabattus and Everett A. Kaherl and his wife, Connie, of Lisbon; stepdaughters, Theresa Pearson, Ervine Diamond and Marlene Motley; and many grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Maurice “Moe” Dorais of Sabattus, a very special friend of the family who was much like a son to her.

She was predeceased by her husband, Everett B. Kaherl; grandsons, David J. Patnaude and Christopher Green; sister, Eleanor Gurney; brother, Nelson York; stepdaughters, Irene K. Pearson and Emma Stanley; and stepsons, Nelson E. Kaherl and John B. Kaherl.

We wish to express our thanks to the staff and volunteers at the Hospice House in Auburn for their compassionate care and attention in our mother’s last days. In them, we met our mother’s angels while she was still with us.