Joanne Chute

September 27, 1934September 27, 2020

Joanne “Stackhouse” Chute

9/27/1934 ---- 9/27/2020

Joanne Chute, 86 of Dennett Str. Portland, passed away Sept. 27, 2020 at “The Cedars,” elder care home where she had been a resident for the past year.

Joanne was born in Braintree Ma., the daughter of the late Edward Stackhouse and Iva Mae Dickerman. Her father worked for Eastman Kodak and her mother was a homemaker raising two sons Vernon and Clayton Stackhouse as well as Joanne. Joanne was very proud of her two big brothers who joined the Navy and served in the Pacific theater of WWII. The two brothers were united briefly when Clayton saw his brother’s ship and his Captain stopped the vessel so that Clayton could go over and visit Vernon. When the war ended Edward, Iva, Joanne, Vernon and his bride Radience June Kramer moved to Maine where Edward and Vernon each built houses on a tract of land on the Shore of Long Lake in North Bridgton. Joanne lived with her parents and continued to care for them when they moved to South Paris, Maine.

Joanne and her husband Clyde Chute met at the Harrison Insurance Co. where they both worked. When Clyde changed jobs they moved to Portland and started a family. They enjoyed 35 years of marriage until Clyde’s death on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008. Joanne and Clyde were members of the Lake Side Grange in Harrison and Joanne was a member of the Eastern Star. She was a homemaker, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and beloved aunt. She worked tirelessly and faithfully for her god and church. She was a member of the Chestnut Street United Methodist Church as well as the Clark Memorial Methodist Church. Joanne loved to knit hats, mittens and scarves. Many of the children near her Church as well as her family had toasty warm heads and hands in the winter as they made snowmen and had snowball fights. Her knit dish cloths, doilies, and towels still adorn many kitchens today. Joanne loved a good bean supper and traveled every Saturday night to local Churches and Granges to sample their fare. She was a willing critic and could tell you who had the best rolls and the most bountiful offering of pies. She loved fall, crisp apples and foliage rides as long as they stopped at Cole Farm or Becky’s diner along the way.

Joanne is survived by a daughter Mary and her husband Donald Robichaud and their sons Zachary and Kyle. A son William Chute his wife Nicole, and their daughter Aryana. A granddaughter Calysta, who Clyde and Joanne raised as a daughter. Joanne has three great granddaughters, a caring and kind nephew Dennis Stackhouse his wife Lynda and their two sons Brent and Andrew, a niece Cindi Stackhouse and her family Gary, Adam and Jordan. Joanne had a beloved niece Penny Thomas who passed away in August of this year, Penny is survived by her husband Jimmy. Since Clyde’s passing, “Auntie Jo” talked with Penny daily on the phone (often two or three times) and they visited together often.

Joanne was very fortunate to meet and make a good friend and companion James Coulimore. For the last few years Jim roomed at Joanne’s house, cared for her, cooked and cleaned for her and drove her wherever she wanted to go.

Visiting hours will be held Friday Oct.16, 2:00pm – 4:00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Jones, Rich and Barnes Funeral Home 199 Woodford Str. Portland, Maine. We politely ask that you please bring and wear a face mask to both gatherings and social distancing will be practiced.

A funeral service and internment will take place 1:00pm Saturday, Oct.17 at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Maple Ridge Rd. Harrison, Maine.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joanne’s memory to Shriners Hospital for Children, for its Boston location, 51 Blossom Street Boston, MA 02114-2699. Tele.617-371-4746 or


  • Edward Stackhouse, Father (deceased)
  • Iva Mae Dickerman, Mother (deceased)
  • Clyde Chute, Husband (deceased)
  • Mary Robichaud (Donald Robichaud), Daughter
  • Kyle Robichaud, Grandson
  • Zachary Robichaud, Grandson
  • William Chute (Nicole Chute), Son
  • Aryana Chute, Granddaughter
  • Calysta Chute, Granddaughter
  • Dennis Stackhouse (Lynda Stackhouse), Nephew
  • Brent Stackhouse, Grand Nephew
  • Andrew Stackhouse, Grand Nephew
  • Cindi Stackhouse (Gary), Grand Niece
  • Penny Thomas (Jimmy Thomas), Niece (deceased)

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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020


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Valerie Gott

October 17, 2020

We have been friends since 1975, and my husband even longer than that as he was Clyde’s roommate at college. We have wonderful memories of our yearly visits while we were in Maine each summer. Joanne was always busy knitting something to donate to her church bazaar or for one of her grandchildren. We wrote letters during the year to keep up to date with each other. Because of covid, this was the first year we were unable to visit her. She will be greatly missed!

Sue DeLuca

October 17, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Joanne's passing. I was able to track her down a little more than a year ago after much searching..and we spent the afternoon together reminiscing and catching up on family news. We decided that it had probably been 60 years between visits.
I will cherish the memory of that day forever.

With condolences,

Sue (Wilson) DeLuca

Dianne Curry

October 14, 2020

My sympathy and prayers to Joanne's family and friend Jim...As a Dennett St. Neighbor I treasure fond memories of Joanne's visits...She will be missed and may she rest in peace.....Dianne


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