Long Time Professional Photographer

WALDOBORO — Warren Newell Genthner died the morning of March 22, 2010, of failing health, but more recently pancreatic cancer.

Born May 15, 1926, to Roland A. and Annie (Petee) Genthner, Warren was educated in Waldoboro, and graduated from Waldoboro High School in 1944. Warren worked for many years as a young man for his father, who owned several gas stations and an oil business. As a young boy, Warren became interested in photography. This interest developed into a passion, which later led him to the New York Institute of Professional Photography.

In 1959, Warren married Marion Elaine Dufour of Windsor, and together they started Genthner’s Photography Studio on Friendship Street in Waldoboro. At that time they both covered local news for the Portland Press Herald and the local newspaper of that time, The Waldoboro Press, the Kennebec Journal and Courier Gazette. Warren handled the photography while Marion wrote the news stories. Together, they started several businesses. They operated a vending machine route along the coast and in central Maine, created Genthner’s Mobile Home Park and rented cottages in Friendship. Warren also started a snowplowing and sanding business in 1947 and continued until January 2010.

As a young man, Warren spent many nights roller-skating and dancing all over Maine, eventually introducing Marion and his daughter, Lisa, to roller-skating. As a family, they square-danced in Edgecomb, Augusta and Thomaston. In more recent years, Warren attended dances in Chelsea, Gardiner and Lewiston with his companion Lucy Veilluex of Augusta.

Warren loved the ocean and being at his cottage in Friendship. Along with several other members, he started the Medomak River Boat Club. For many years he and his family spent many hours on their boat in the waters off Friendship picnicking with friends and mackerel fishing.

In addition to photography, Warren loved to tinker with equipment of any kind. He owned antique vehicles, motorcycles, tractors and snowplow equipment, and enjoyed making sure that everything was running perfectly.

Warren was a member of the Professional Photographers of New England for 24 years until retiring in 1989, and was a Lions Club member at large.

Warren is survived by his daughter, Lisa Genthner Gunn, son-in-law, David Gunn, and granddaughter, Kelsea Megan Marion Gunn, all of Waldoboro; his sister, Avis Swift of Westbrook; several nieces, nephews, and great-nephews and nieces.

In addition his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Marion; and his brothers, Richard Genthner and Edward Genthner.

Relatives and friends are invited to join the family to celebrate Warren’s life Saturday, March 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Genthner’s Studio, 211 Friendship St. in Waldoboro. A graveside committal will be held at 1 p.m. at the Riverside Cemetery, Winslow Mills Road (Route 32 North). The Rev. Robert E. Dorr will officiate.

Should friends so desire, donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Medomak Valley High School’s Warren and Marion Genthner Scholarship Fund, specifically intended for students studying post-secondary photography. Contributions may be sent to MSAD 40, 1070 Heald Highway, Union, ME 04862.

Arrangements are with the Smeltzer Family Funeral Service in Waldoboro.