JoAnn M. Watson

JoAnn M. Watson, 59, of Gorham, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at her home. She was born in Berlin on November 24, 1955 the daughter of Henri E. and Ramona (King) Goulet and was a lifelong resident of the Berlin-Gorham area. She was employed at Walmart and was a member of Holy Family Church and the American Red Cross. She had been an EMT with the Gorham Ambulance, had served on the Gorham Zoning Board, was active with Theatre North and taught CCD at Holy Family.

Family includes her husband Denis P. Watson of Gorham; her son Jason Watson and his wife Erin of Berlin; grandchildren Joseph P. Watson and Blake Watson of Berlin; sister Sharon Lefebvre of Leominster, Mass.; brother Robert Goulet of Berlin; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Holy Family Church in Gorham. Interment will be in the Holy Family Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 1 Promenade St., Gorham, on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Red Cross, 2 Maitland St., Concord, NH, 03301, the Northwoods Home Health and Hospice, 278 Main St., Lancaster, NH, 03584 or the Gorham, Ambulance, 347 Main St., Gorham, NH, 03581. The Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online guestbook at



Francis L. Osgood Jr.

Francis L. Osgood Jr., 85 of Berlin, passed away on Sunday morning May 10, 2015 at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin. He was born in Bethel, Maine on June 5, 1929 the son of Francis L. Osgood Sr. and Beatrice (Brown) Osgood and was raised in Bethel and moved to Berlin in 1959. Francis had been employed by White Mountain Lumber Company for 50 years. He attended the Heritage Baptist Church. His enjoyments were spending time with his great grandchildren Michael, Andrew-David, Jesse, Jonah, Maizy, Melody and Haley and his grand dog Abby. He also enjoyed woodworking, bowling, rides looking for moose and evening coffee at McDonalds.

Members of the family include his wife Lillian (Hart) Osgood; a daughter Debbie Page and her late husband David; a son David Osgood and his wife Lise, all of Berlin; four grandchildren Vikki Dalton and husband Bob, Genie Tardif and husband Chad, Jason Osgood and companion Michelle Meredith and Cory Osgood and wife Jordan; seven great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by an infant daughter Darlene; four brothers Robert, Walter, Chester and George; and by three sisters Florence, Marion and Dot.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday morning May 13, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Heritage Baptist Church, 13 Exchange Street, Berlin. Interment will be in the Russian City Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin, on Tuesday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Flowers are acceptable or donations in his memory to the Heritage Baptist Church, 13 Exchange St., Berlin, NH 03570. Online guest book at



Peter T. Canning

Peter T. Canning, avid dreamer, accomplished sailor and loving family man, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 3, 2015. He was 62 years young just entering his retirement.
Born on April 30, 1953 to parents, Eva and Edward Canning. Peter grew up in Guilford, Conn. After graduating from Guilford High School in 1971, he spent five years as an electrician's apprentice. He was a hardworking man who put over 40 years in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 90. Peter was the quintessential kind-spirited and lighthearted being that anyone was blessed to know. He had an infectious laugh that will live on in his loved ones forever. He was a son, a brother, a friend, a husband, a father, an uncle and a beloved Papa. When Peter wasn't hard at work, he could be found on the water. He was a man of many hobbies, and enjoyed fishing, sailing, and spending time at his camp on the Androscoggin River in Milan. He spent years competitively sailing in the East Coast Sailing Association (ECSA). In the summer he enjoyed relaxing on his boat with his family on Block Island, R.I. He understood the value of "taking it easy," as he always said, and was happiest when those around him were having a good time. Peter saw the potential and beauty in places most don't. He was a handyman who loved to tinker and could reinvent anything. He aspired to travel the country in an old blue Spanish church bus nicknamed "My Hummer" and gas guzzle his way around the USA. His sense of adventure kept him young in heart and spirit.

He leaves behind his wife Marie Canning; two daughters Ashley Canning and significant other Jeff Seuss of Boston, Mass.; Heather Canning and Husband Jay Williams Jr. of Milan, One grandchild – Lexi Marie Williams; and Two Sisters- Barbara Skelly and Husband Bill of Guilford, Conn.; Maybeth Zuber and husband David of Madison, Conn. as well as several nieces and nephews.
Peter has always inspired those around him to smile a little more and laugh a little harder. He will be truly missed and cherished in our memories.

There are no services scheduled. Arrangements are entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Homes. Online guestbook at



Andree Simon Couture

Andree Simon Couture, 80, of Milan, died peacefully on March 1, 2015, among family in North Conway. Andree was born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and moved to Berlin to raise a family. She was a consummate artist, respected operating room nurse and had an insatiable appetite for life, music, painting, stained glass, sewing, cuisine and especially, a deep love for her family. The family would like to thank all those who helped care for and support Andree during her period of failing health. Her love was felt by all those who met and cared for her. She will be missed by all of us.

She is survived by Dr. Normand Couture, her husband of 58 years and children Michael, Louis, Helene and Jacques.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Interment will follow. The Bryant Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements. Online guestbook at


Sophie M. Riendeau (301 Words)

Sophie M. Riendeau, born on December 22, 1917, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, April 27, 2015. She was 97 years young.
Sophie was born, raised and lived her entire life in Cascade. She was one of nine children born to Polish immigrants John and Boleslawa Malasky. She was the last remaining member of the family.
When Sophie was 18 years old she married Henry (Babe) Riendeau. They were married for 58 years. Together they raised two sons.
She worked for many years at the Globe retiring in her 60's. Sophie's pastime enjoyments were her art, flower and vegetable gardens, playing cards with her friends, going to yard sales, being a member of the Red Hat Society and spending time with her family and cat, Cookie. Sophie took great pride that she was able to say her family consisted of five generations, as well as the fact that she was the recipient of the Boston Post Cane which was presented to her on her 97th birthday.
Sophie is predeceased by her husband, Babe Riendeau, her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Judy Riendeau, grandsons, Richard and Robert Riendeau, four brothers, Chester, Clem, Charles and Alex Malasky and four sisters, Sally Knighton, Rudja Blanchette, Millie Merrow and Irene Vaillancourt.
She leaves behind her son Ronald Riendeau and wife Elizabeth of Cascade; four grandchildren - Scott Riendeau and wife Elaine of Cascade, James Riendeau and wife Lisa of Jefferson, Ray John Riendeau and wife Harriet of Milford, and Ruth-Ann Riendeau Brown and significant other Tom Lamontagne of Glen; five great-grandchildren – Patrick and wife Melissa, Clifford, Robert, Owen and Nora Riendeau; and one great-great grandchild, Kori Riendeau, as well as several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at the Holy Family Cemetery on Monday, May 18, 2015, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Berlin Holiday Center.