Marie Anna C. (St. Onge) Letarte, 86, of Gorham, passed away on Friday December 5, 2014 at St. Vincent de Paul Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.
Marie Ann was born on June 2, 1928 in Le Patrie, Quebec. She was the daughter of the late Louis and Eugnie (Hamel) St. Onge.
She came to the United States in 1951.
Her greatest joy was being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed traveling with her husband Laurier.
She leaves behind her husband of 63 years, Laurier Letarte of Gorham; daughters Elaine Morin of Berlin, and Diane Labbe and husband Rod of Dummer; two grandchildren Joshua Labbe and wife Heather of Thomasville, Ga. and Jesse Labbe of Dummer; two great-grandchildren Dakota and Faith Labbe of Thomasville, Ga. She also leaves behind two brothers, Leonide and wife Theresa of Shebrooke and her twin brother, Norris of Groveton; one sister Clemence Lachance of Montreal. Several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers Arthur, Treffle, Adrien, Herve and Anatole; sisters Adrienne Senenaro and Aurelia Senay.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Holy Family Church in Gorham. Burial took place on Tuesday, December 8, 2014 at Mt Calvary Cemetery.
There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are under the care of Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin, NH 03570.
Online guestbook www.fleury-patry.com
Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 20:26
Aime J. Lessard born August 28, 1921 in Berlin, and died at the age of 94 on November 27, 2014 in Pinellas Park, Fla.
He was the son of Wilfred J. Lessard and Bertha Bisson Lessard. He attended St. Joseph High School in Berlin, then went on to the seminary in Tyngsboro, Mass. (Les Freres Maristes ) He enlisted in the Navy and served on a minesweeper during WWII. Aime was discharged in 1945 and reenlisted in the naval reserve until 1959; his rank was Coxwain Aime Lessard. He lived in Memphis, Tenn. and worked as a barber (even cutting Elvis Presley's hair) Elvis would come in and say "Hi Aime" He also worked for Kimberley Clark for many years and then returned to Berlin, where he worked as a barber again. After he retired he moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Grace Parish.
He was predeceased by his wife Virginia Lessard from Memphis, Tenn., his parents, a sister Jeannette Lemire, his brothers Robert and Edward. He leaves a son Ronald Lessard of Brook Park, Ohio, his brothers Normand Lessard of Estero, Fla. and Gerard Lessard of Hooksett, his sisters Olive Caron and her husband Lionel of Berlin, Pauline Lemire of Saco, Maine, and Lucille Lessard of Berlin, his sisters in-law Lorraine Lessard of Hooksett and Louise Lessard of Wildwood, Fla., many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A graveside service was held on Friday Dec. 5, 2014 at the Veterans Bay Pines Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 21:06
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Marie Dupuis, of Berlin, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at St Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish with Father Kyle Stanton as Celebrant. The Cantor was Denise Doucette accompanied by Monique Lavertu as organist. The Altar Servers were Annie Pelletier and John Frechette.
The Pall was place by her son Richard Dube and her daughter Claire Rainville. Her granddaughter Diane Duchesne placed the Cross. Serving as readers were her Nieces Claudette Morneau and Colette Lowe. The offertory gifts were presented by her great-grandsons Jakob and Colby Carrier. Her granddaughter Michelle Lamphere said words of remembrance.
Internment followed the service at Mt Calvary Cemetery, Berlin; serving as pallbearers were her grandsons Scott Rainville, Greg Dube, Jeff Dube, Brian Poulin and her great-grandsons Aaron Poulin and Chris Lamphere.
The service was well attended by family and friends from near and far.
Arrangements were under the care of Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, Berlin.
To post a tribute please visit www.fleury-patry.com
Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 19:59
Written by Kirstan Lukasak
Arthur O. Fournier, 92, died on December 5, 2014, at Riverwoods in Exeter. Born on February 28, 1922, he was the son of the late Frank and Laura (Bouchard) Fournier.
Arthur was born and raised in Berlin. He was a graduate of Berlin High School, Class of 1940, where he proudly served as Captain of the school's hockey team. He worked as a machinist for Pratt Whitney. Arthur enlisted into the United States Navy and proudly served in World War II from 1942-1946. He later graduated from Hesser Business College. Arthur owned and operated a J.J. Nissen Baking Co. distributorship in conjunction with his father, two brothers, and a brother-in-law. He retired in 1977 after 27 years of employment.
He was a devoted parishioner of St. Anne Church where he served as a lector and eucharistic minister. Arthur was an officer of the Sacred Heart League as well as the church Parish Council for several years. He rose to the rank of 4th degree Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus.
In 1990, Arthur was installed into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a special honor bestowed on Catholics for their unselfish work for the Church and community.
A dedicated husband and father, he was instrumental in introducing his sons to athletics. Arthur was a passionate hockey and baseball fan who most frequently could be found at the arena or ballpark attending his sons' and grandson's athletic events. He also enjoyed skiing with his wife and children. Hockey played a central role in the life of Arthur and his three brothers.
In 1993, Arthur and his wife began wintering in N. Fort Myers, Fla. where he most enjoyed golfing, traveling, attending concerts, and card playing. His favorite games were Pitch and Cribbage. He was an avid participant in the weekly Cribbage Group at Riverwoods. He also enjoyed spending time at the southern Maine seashore. In 2000, he and Claire moved to Bedford, and to The Boulders at Riverwoods in Exeter in 2010.
He was predeceased by his loving wife, Claire, of 60 years, on August 29, 2013, and by two brothers, Norman and Wilfrid Fournier.
Arthur is survived by his daughter, Claudette C. and her husband, Paul E. Ramsey, of Bedford; two sons, Denis L. and his wife, Wendy E. Fournier, of Bedford, and Marc A. Fournier, of Alameda, Calif.; two grandchildren, Brian J. and his wife, Kristen Ramsey of Manchester, and Katherine L. Ramsey of Dorchester, Mass.; a sister, Dora Fournier, and a brother, Walter Fournier, both of Berlin.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 11, at 1 p.m. at St. Anne Church, 345 Pleasant St., Berlin. Burial will follow at the St. Kieran Cemetery. Brewitt Funeral Service, 14 Pine St., Exeter, and Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, Berlin, are assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Shepherd Parish, 151 Emery St.,
Berlin, NH 03570.
For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 19:59
Nancy A. (Cordwell) Bidwell, 84, died quietly in her sleep surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Penacook Place in Haverhill, Mass. She was the beloved wife and best friend of the late Milton (Bud) H. Bidwell, Jr. who died December 29, 2010.
Born in Berlin, on October 5, 1930, Nancy was the daughter of the late Clarence (Buster) and Mary E. (Cox) Cordwell. While she and her family lived in Saugus, Mass. and then Wakefield, Mass. for many years, for the last few years she lived in Haverhill, Mass. to be closer to her daughters. Nancy was a graduate of Concord Nursing School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from New England College in 1982.
Nancy was employed as a registered nurse at Elliot, Saugus General Hospital and the VNA, and staff development coordinator at Hammersmith House. She loved hiking and cross country skiing, bird watching and reading, watching her favorite sports, and visiting with her far flung family. She and Bud particularly loved traveling to Nova Scotia.
She is survived by her five daughters, Shelley Christopher, Susan Perrotta and her husband Ralph of Newburyport, Mass., Nancy Harrell and her husband Paul of Reading, Mass., Mary Rizo-Patron and her husband Alfredo of Waynesville, OH, and Jennifer Fahey and her husband Tom of West Newbury, Mass. She has 13 grandchildren and two beautiful great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother David Cordwell and his wife Sam, of Berlin, and their children. She was also pre-deceased by her brother Richard Cordwell.
A memorial service will be privately held at the convenience of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Mass Audubon Society, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln, MA 01773. Arrangements are under the direction of the Linnehan-Grondin Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill. For more information and to send online condolences, please visit www.linnehan-grondin.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 22:34