Frank C. Slegona of Lincolnville, 92, died March 3, 2011 while visiting in Arizona. His daughters and other family members were by his side at hospice in Sun City West.

He was born May 25, 1918 in Brookdale, N.Y., the ninth child of Catherine and Albert Slegona. He was educated in upstate New York and Union City, N.J.

He married Cyrene D. Foster Nov. 25, 1939. They had three children, Frances, Albert and Cyrene. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He fought in the Hürtgen Forest, Battle of the Bulge and at Remagen Bridge.

Frank and Cyrene moved their family from southern New Jersey to Lincolnville in 1948. They returned to New Jersey for a number of years and then returned permanently to their farm in Lincolnville in 1983. He continued to work as a vintage auto restorer until 2005.

Frank and Cyrene were active members of MOFGA, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Their gardening and culinary activities were recognized in several publications and two books published on the history of Lincolnville and the Camden area. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2009. Cyrene died in June of 2010.

Frank was known for his warm smile, firm handshake and mischievousness. He was a storyteller and writer. His war memoir has been widely read. Visitors to the Slegona farm always left with garden vegetables, fresh fruit and home-brewed beer or wine. Christmas morning breakfast with sourdough pancakes for family and friends was a long-standing tradition.

He was deeply attached to the farm and the surrounding countryside. His knowledge of woodland lore was extensive and he willingly shared what he knew with others.

He is survived by his daughters, Cyrene A. Slegona and her husband Dr. Arnold Fuchs of Gorham, and Frances Rice and her husband George of Broomfield, Colo.; grandson Andrew Rice and his wife Kathy of Lakewood, Colo.; three great-granddaughters, Kimberly Rice Berg and her husband, Eric, of San Francisco, Calif., and Lauren and Kaitlyn; and great-granddaughter Emma Cyrene.

Frank’s wife and son predeceased him.

Friends and neighbors are invited to a celebration of Frank’s life Saturday, June 4, at 1 p.m. at the Lincolnville United Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MOFGA (, PO Box 170, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME 04988.