Ruth L. Putnam

Ruth L. Putnam, 72, of Berlin, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2015 at her home. She was born in Tewksbury, Mass. on July 3, 1943 the daughter of William and Edna (Freeze) Wright and was raised in Newton, Mass. She stayed in the Boston area until 20 years ago when she moved to North Conway where she had been a columnist with the Conway Daily Sun for five years. Ruth has resided with her son, John, in Berlin for the past year.

Family includes her sons John Putnam of Berlin, Guy Putnam of Harts Location, William Putnam of Conway, Robert Putnam, Jr. of Glendale, Calif. and Mark Putnam of Bartlett; daughter Jennifer Putnam of Intervale; many grandchildren and also some great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin, on Friday, January 8, 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m. Graveside services with interment will be held at the Mount Feake Cemetery in Waltham, Mass. at a later date. Online guestbook at


Robert “Bob” Buteau

Robert “Bob” Buteau of Lincoln Avenue, Berlin died peacefully Tuesday, January 5 in his home after suffering with a long illness. He was 61.

Born on March 4, 1954 in Berlin, he was the son of Gerard and Lillian (Lafeuille) Buteau.

Besides his parents, he is pre-deceased by a brother George Buteau and sisters Louise Provencher and Annette Bisson.

He is survived by his wife Judy Buteau, daughter Stephanie Hogan and husband Scott, son Matthew Buteau and wife Jennifer, and Chrissy Grant; brothers Emile, Leo, and Richard Buteau, and sisters Diane LaFlamme and Lucille Amero. Several nieces and nephews.

His greatest sense of joy came from spending time with his family and his grandchildren Bryan, Rebecca, and Eric Hogan, Travis Lemieux, Madisyn Buteau, Olivia Boucher, Cullen and Cole Buteau.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, January 8 at Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:30 p.m. with Rev. Andrew Nelson, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Catholic Medical Center, 100 McGregor St, Manchester, NH 03102

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Donald E. Cote

Donald E. Cote, 51, of Berlin, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. He was born in Berlin on November 9, 1964 the son of Rosaire and Helen (Murray) Cote and was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Berlin High School with the Class of 1982 and graduated from the N.H. Vocational Technical College. Don had been employed by White Mountain Lumber for many years and prior to that, he had been employed in the tractor shop for Crown Vantage Corp. He enjoyed bowling, camping, skiing and loved his family, cooking and working on cars.

Family members include his sons Thomas Cote of Berlin, and Brian Cote and partner Thomas Levesque of Denver, Colo.; his mother Helen Cote of Berlin; his longtime partner Debra Oleson of Berlin; his brothers Richard Cote of Pittsfield, Mass., Carl Cote and wife Laurelle of Berlin, and Gerard Cote and wife Mary Ann of Somersworth; his sister Christine O’Hara and husband Edward of Barrington; multiple nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his father Rosaire Cote in 1996.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the Mother Marie Rivier Food Pantry or the American Heart Association. Online guestbook at

Diane Cameron “Cam” Ball Robbins

Diane Cameron (Ball) Robbins, age 68, died December 23, 2015 at approximately 8:30 p.m. at Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, of medical complications.
Cam was born March 30, 1947 in Littleton, to Natalie C. Bodwell and Norwood A. Ball. She attended Dow Academy in Franconia, Littleton Middle and High School before graduating from Manchester Central High School in 1965.
Cam is survived by a brother, Gregory N. Ball (Eileen) of Franconia, and two half-brothers, David Ball of Dover, and Bradley Ball of Franconia. Her other siblings, Robin B. Boyle and Christopher T. Ball predeceased her in 2007 and 2010 respectively. Beloved stepmother, Elizabeth “Betty” Ball predeceased her in 2012. Two sister-in-law’s, an uncle, three aunts, three sets of cousins, many nephews and nieces, and several grandnieces and grandnephews compete the surviving circle of life, some more connected than others, as is inevitable.
Cam lived in Berlin, for approximately the last thirty years, her last residence being Verdun Group Home. She made many friendships over the years including fellow clients and staff, a few of them continuing over twenty to thirty years.
Cam was loved for her friendliness, kindness, loyalty, intelligence but perhaps most of all for her smiles, laughter and extraordinary sense of humor in the face of life’s daily adversities.
An informal service for family and friends will be held at Cam’s gravesite at Elmwood Cemetery in Franconia, sometime in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Verdun Group Home and or Northern Human Services, 69 Willard Street, Berlin, NH 03570. For more information or to share memories and condolences go to

Evelyn M. King

Evelyn M. King, a longtime resident of Gorham and a current resident of Holton Point, Lancaster passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Community Care Hospice in Merrimack. She was 93.

Born on July 23, 1922 in Doucetteville, Nova Scotia, she was the daughter of Willard and Bertha Doucette.
Evelyn enjoyed cooking, playing solitaire, doing puzzles, watching sports on TV and loved flowers and plants.

Besides her parents, she is pre-deceased by three brothers Alfred, Melvin, and Freddie Doucette and a sister Margaret Burr.

She leaves a daughter Susan Johnson and her husband Sonny of Manchester, and a son Edward King and his wife Lisa of Allenstown; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law Ted Burr; a sister-in-law Georgett Doucette and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at St. Kieran’s Cemetery in Berlin. There are no calling hours.
Arrangements are by Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin, NH 03570.