ROCKLAND – John E. LaCrosse, 90, died Wednesday July 13, 2005, at Knox Center for Long Term Care, following an extended period of declining health. Born Sept. 11, 1914, in Rockland, he was a son of Archie and Mary Cronin LaCrosse. Growing up in Rockland, he attended local schools and graduated from Rockland High School in 1932. After high school he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps doing construction in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In 1936, he joined Central Maine Power Company as a Groundman before enlisting in the U.S. Navy and serving in the South Pacific during World War II as an Electrician with the “SeaBees” (Construction Battalion). Receiving an honorable discharge as an Electricians Mate First Class he returned to Rockland and rejoined Central Maine Power Company, where he advanced through the line department ultimately becoming a District Line Foreman before retiring Oct. 1, 1979, after more than 43 years of service. On Feb. 2, 1951, Mr. LaCrosse married Charlotte L. Welch in Rockland. He was a communicant of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church his whole life and a member of the Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt Am-erican Legion Post No. 1, Rockland. Mr. LaCrosse enjoyed baseball and was a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan. Other interests and enjoyment came from working in his vegetable garden and wood working, especially furniture-making. In addition to his wife of 54 years, Mr. LaCrosse is survived by two sons, John Melquist, Sr. and his wife, Carol, of South Thomaston, Daniel LaCrosse of Old Orchard Beach; three daughters, Kathryn Dow and her husband, James, of Owls Head, Teresa Holden and her husband, Donald, of Falmouth, Mary-Ann Delsandro of Portland; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2005, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m., Monday, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 150 Broadway, Rockland, with interment at Coughlin Cemetery. The Rev. Mark Reinhardt will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to either the Alzhiemers Association, Maine Chapter, Suite 160 B, 163 Lancaster St., Portland, ME 04101, or the Knox Center for Long Term Care Activities Department Memorial Fund, care of 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841. <>