The Star-Herald

Merwin E. Welch

CHAPMAN, Maine – Merwin E. Welch, 88, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at the Maine Veteran’s Home in Caribou. He was born in Presque Isle on February 23, 1930, the son of Harley and Hazel (Berryman) Welch.
Merwin graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1947, and from the Northern Maine Vocational and Technical Institute in 1977. He farmed until 1975, with the exception of four years in the United States Navy during the Korean Campaign. Merwin worked for the state of Maine, Bureau of Taxation from 1977, until retiring in 1990. He served as a selectman of the town of Chapman for sixteen years, and as a member of various town and state committees. He was a member of United Lodge #8 A.F. and A.M. in Brunswick, Maine, since 1953.
He made many new friends over the years, and especially enjoyed going out to eat on a regular basis. Merwin will also be remembered for his great storytelling, which would always bring a smile or a laugh.
He is survived by two children, Sydnia Czarnecki of Gouldsboro and her husband, David, and Dwight Welch of Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, and his partner, Gillian; three grandchildren, Eric Welch, Jacob, and Anastasia Czarnecki; sister-in-law, Cathy Welch of Caribou; many nieces and nephews; and several cousins. He will also be missed by special friend, and longtime neighbor, Paul Grendell. He was predeceased by his wife, Glennice E. (Bowman) Welch, and his brother, John Welch.
The family would like to thank everyone at the Maine Veterans Home in Caribou, for all their loving care over the past two and a half years.
Friends and family may call on Monday, September 17, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. at Duncan Graves Funeral Home, 30 Church Street, Presque Isle where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 18 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at or to the Maine Veteran’s Home, 163 Van Buren Road # 2, Caribou, ME 04736. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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