Denis M. Dow

Denis M. Dow, 59, of Berlin, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Catholic Medical Center. He was born in Germany on September 14, 1956 the son of Alan and Caroline (Talarico) Dow and was raised in Salem. He came to Berlin 12 years ago and had been employed by Walmart for 11 years in the Lawn and Garden Department. Denis liked sports, his work and gambling with his mother-in-law.

Family includes his wife Christine (Amero) Dow of Berlin; mother-in-law Joan Halvworson of Berlin; stepchildren Greg Onofrio and wife Tracie of Rutland, Vt., Spring Onofrio and companion Tracie of Statesville, N.C. and April Poirier and husband Corey of Berlin; four grandchildren; brothers Alan Dow and wife Donna of Nashua and Jon Dow and wife Kate of Hamptonville, N.C.; sister Carolyn Lang and husband Rick of Salem; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by an infant son Denis Michael Dow, Jr.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin. Online guestbook at

Denis Dow

Marguerite “Peggy” Guilmette Sherman

Marguerite “Peggy” Guilmette Sherman was born on May 28, 1928 in Berlin. After a long and successful life in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and a comfortable stay at Chase Point Assisted Living in Damariscotta, Maine, she passed away on April 14, 2016 at the age of 87. She fought a valiant fight to the end and showed us all what it means to be strong.

Marguerite was one of twelve children born to Elzear and Marie Anna Tousignant Guilmette and was raised at 88 Jasper Street in Berlin. She was a graduate of the Maine Eye and Ear Institute in Portland, Maine and achieved the level of Registered Nurse, serving at St. Andrew’s Hospital in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine and St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. She was an ardent supporter of the March of Dimes and the American Lung Association.

She was predeceased by her husband Alfred B. Sherman of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, her brothers Roland, Albert, Robert, Paul, and Ernest, her sisters Blanche and Jeanette, and her grandson B.J. Sherman of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. She is survived by her sister, Florence Jutras of Enfield, Conn., brother in law, Lionel Roy of Berlin, sister, Jackie and her husband, Romeo Morin of Berlin, sister, Theresa and her husband, Leo Vezina of Ellington, Conn. and brother, Lucien Guilmette and his wife, Louise of Concord. She is also survived by the seven children she raised: Barry Sherman of Boothbay, Maine, Linda Sherman of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Paul Sherman and his wife, Joni of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Andy Sherman and his wife, Kathie of Hobe Sound, Fla., Dan Sherman and his wife, Lita of Atlantic Beach, Fla., Mike Sherman and his wife, Bonnie of Newnan, Ga., Russell Sherman and his wife, Pam of Sebastipol, Calif., as well as 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

As she wished, a graveside service will be held at a future date at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Berlin.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to any of the following: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund or the St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop, Berlin.

Hall’s of Boothbay has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences, light a candle for Marguerite, or to share a story or pictures, visit her Book of Memories at

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Gertrude E. Bisson

BERLIN — Gertrude E. Bisson, 93, of Ash Street, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin Following a period of declining health.
Gertrude was born on Jan. 1, 1923 in Berlin, the daughter of the late John and Angeline (McIntyre) Murphy. She was a 1941 graduate of Berlin High School.
On April 25, 1946, she married Armand Bisson of Berlin. Retiring in 1976, she was employed at New England Telephone and Telegraph as a telephone operator and as a cashier.
She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Her greatest love was her family, she was a very loving, caring and devoted, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
In her spare time, she enjoyed decorating wedding cakes, playing cards, and was an accomplished artist, especially oil paintings.
She was a member of the former St. Kieran Parish now known as St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish.
In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband Armand on Sept. 7, 1992; two brothers Wilfred Murphy and Arnold Murphy; and a nephew James Murphy.
She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Bouchard and husband Jean of Berlin, NH; a granddaughter Lauren Rainbow of Manchester, NH, and grandson Russell Otis and companion Debbie Sheehan; a great-grandson Maxwell Otis of Berlin, two nieces Karen Murphy and Kathy Stocker both of Lebanon, NH; three grandnieces Tamara, Kayla, & Jasmine; and a grandnephew CJ all of Lebanon, NH.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, at Holy Family Church in Gorham. Burial will follow at Holy Family Cemetery in Gorham.
A calling hour will be held (prior to the Mass) from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Monday, May 2, at Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to AV Home Care Services, 795 Main Street, Berlin, NH 03570.

Gertrude Bisson

Service held for Michael J. Chludzinsky

A Mass of Christian Burial for Michael J. Chludzinsky, 68, of Cambridge, was celebrated on Tuesday, April 26, at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish in Berlin, following prayers at the Bryant Funeral Home in Berlin. Reverend Andrew Nelson officiated. The pall was placed by his sister Carolyn Hansen, brother in-law Arendt Hansen and niece Christine Hansen and Carolyn also placed the crucifix. Interment with military honors followed the next day in St. Michael Cemetery in Forest Hills, Mass. Military honors were provided by the U.S. Navy. The flag was folded and presented to his sister Carolyn.

Claude Donald Martin

Mr. Claude Donald Martin, of Austin, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the age of 57.

Claude was born to parents Donald and Pauline (Valliere) Martin on December 6, 1958 in Berlin. He grew up as the second eldest of five and graduated Berlin High School in 1976. He graduated from Plymouth Technician School in 1978 on a scholarship earned from winning a troubleshooting contest in Chicago. In 1979 Claude enlisted into the United States Air Force sending him to North Dakota and eventually Texas.

Claude married Faye October 16, 2000 in Austin, Texas. Claude and Faye were well travelled, visiting every state with the exception of Alaska. They would ride cross country taking multiple road trips in vehicle and on their motorcycle. They were truly inseparable. He dedicated much of his time to charity organizations like, Helping Hand Home for Children, Texas School of the Blind and The Capital Area Food Bank. He also donated his hair bi-annually to Locks of Love. Most notably was his work organizing the Texas Motorcycle Association's annual Toy Run and Bunny Run.

He loved to cook food, smoke BBQ, and his "famous" chili will always be remembered. In more recent times, Claude and Faye would ride the motorcycle every day the weather was good. Traveling 100 miles in whatever direction they felt. He would say, "They were never lost, they were just in a place they hadn't been before."

Claude is survived by his wife Faye Martin; his daughters, Kristy Hannigan and Amanda Parramore; his son in law, Tijaon Parramore; his son, Michael Martin; his daughter in law Victoria Stout; his grandchildren, Caleb Hannigan, Raeley Parramore, Naomi Parramore, Kaden Parramore, and Cian Shannon; his sister, Diane Viger; his brothers, David Martin and Roland Martin; his father, Donald Martin; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Pauline (Valliere) Martin; and his sister, Jeanne Savage.

A celebration of his life will be held for the public Saturday, April 30, starting at 11 a.m. at Beck Funeral Home in Pflugerville.

Charitable donations can be made in Claude's name to Helping Hand Home for Children and The Capital Area Food Bank.Martin obit pic