Lionel Rene Couture

Lionel R. Couture, “Papere,” passed away on November 14, 2015 at the Coos County Nursing Home. He was surrounded by his immediate family. He succumbed to numerous complications from a lingering illness.

Lionel was born June 4, 1925 in Berlin to Donat and Roseanna (Landry) Couture.

From a very early age, Lionel was always working. He started off pasteurizing and delivering milk in a horse drawn wagon. At the age of twelve, he went to work in the woods and learned the various trades of a woodsman. He drove teams and cared for horses in the woods. He dearly loved horses his entire life. He worked in the shipyards during WWII and joined the Navy at 17.

He was a member of the VFW for years and worked diligently on behalf of the buildings committee. He also volunteered at Senior Meals at Angel Guardian and helped with building their facilities. He also worked various construction jobs, pipeline jobs and ran heavy equipment. Lionel was a jack of many trades and always willing to help family and friends.

In 1948, Lionel married Gloria Stinson of Stratford. Lionel was an accomplished musician and met Gloria at a barn dance that he and his band performed. Together they had two children Robert and Barbara.

He was a great father and enjoyed teaching his children everything that he knew. He was an avid athlete and coached his children and many others in swimming, diving, fishing, skating, boxing, snowshoeing, skiing and dancing. Lionel finally hung up his skis around the age of 80.

Music was also a lifelong passion and after an injury severed two fingers off his left hand, he traded in his guitar for the harmonica, which he played until he was 90.

Lionel was well known for his practical jokes. He enjoyed laughing and telling jokes with his friends. His long-term memory was phenomenal and he could be counted on to always have a bit of obscure Berlin history and was a great storyteller. In 90 very active years, he saw and participated in a lot of Berlin history.

He loved traveling in the West and lived in Idaho for several years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and hiking in the mountains.

Lionel was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Gloria in 1984 and his only son Robert in 1971. Siblings Roland, Romeo, Paul and sisters Rose Babineau, Florence Croteau and Cecile Gagnon have also passed before him. Since Lionel’s demise his brother has also passed.

He is and will be deeply missed. He leaves behind a daughter Barbara Couture and her partner Fred Livingston of Melba, Idaho, two beloved grandsons and their families; Keith Couture and his partner Lucy Wyatt of Berlin, and Karl Couture and his partner Wendy and their children Karl JR., Caitlyn and Ariana of Milan, sisters Lillian Lauzier of Bristol, Conn., Olive Bourassa and Jeanette King of Berlin, numerous nieces and nephews.

In June of 2016 a memorial and internment will occur at St. Kierans Cemetary. Notice of these proceedings will be made available via Facebook.

Lionel Couture

Claude Raymond Breault

Claude Raymond Breault, 88, of Berlin, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at the Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin. Mr. Breault was born in Hereford, P.Q. Canada on July 27, 1927 the son of Gilbert and Blanche (Landry) Breault and lived on his family farm for several years before moving to Berlin many years ago. He worked with his father on the family farm, the North Stratford Plywood Mill, White Mountain Lumber, George Boucher Saw Mill and Audet Saw Mill. Claude was a member of St. Joseph Church, now known as Good Shepherd Parish and was former member of the Knights of Columbus.

Family members include his wife Bella Breault of Berlin; two daughters, Doreen Langlois and husband Michael of Berlin and Diane Tupick and husband Alex of Berlin; two grandsons, Emmit Langlois and Hunter Tupick; two sisters Cora Rancourt of West Stewartstown and Annette Breault of Manchester; three brothers Leo Breault of Berlin, Donald Breault of Louisville, Ky. and Leandre “Pete” Breault of Bloomfield, Vt., many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his son Raymond Breault, an infant daughter Darlene Marie Breault in 1971 and three siblings, Paul Breault, Jeanne Breault and Pauline Breault.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Interment will follow in St. Kieran Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave, Berlin on Monday afternoon and evening December 28, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Anyone who wishes may make donation in his memory to a charity of one’s choice. On line guest book at

Claude Br Copy

Revised: Service held for Rene Caouette

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Rene Caouette on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at St Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish with Reverend Andrew Nelson as Celebrant. The Cantor was Madeline Jeffrey, accompanied by Susan Ramsey as organist. The Altar Servers were Annie Pelletier and Keenan Wood.
The Pall was placed by his son James Caouette and wife Carolyn and daughter Nancy Theroux and husband Leo. His great-grandson Jack Dupuis placed the cross. Serving as readers were his granddaughters Stacy Campbell, Samantha Wood and Tina Annis. The offertory gifts were presented by his granddaughters Debbie Stewart and Jamie Dupuis.
Interment followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were his grandsons Corey Morin, Aaron Theroux, and Chad Theroux and grandson-in-laws Chris Stewart, Phillip Wood and Brandon Dupuis.
The service was well attended by family and friends from near and far.
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Arrangements were under the care of Fleury-Patry Funeral Home of Berlin.

Service held for Louis Labrecque

A Funeral Service for Louis Labrecque, 62, of Rochester and formerly of Berlin, was held on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at the Bryant Funeral Home in Berlin. Reverend Kyle Stanton officiated. Words of Remembrance were said by his sisters Claudette Chase and Linda Labrecque. Many relatives and friends attended the service.

Cecile L. Labbe

Cecile L. Labbe, 72, of Berlin, went home to the Lord on Thursday, December 17, 2015. She was born in Berlin, on January 11, 1943, the loving daughter of the late Julien O. and Florence R. (Tremblay) Labbe.

She devoted her life to teaching the Lord’s ways by beginning her career as a novice with the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary.
She never lost touch of her calling and was a dedicated teacher earning her MA in Theology at Rivier College. She served as Principal at St. Michael School and spread the word of the Lord as the Director of Religious Education for Holy Family in Gorham and Good Shepherd in Berlin. Cecile was a very giving person. Her entire life was dedicated to serving the community bringing the teaching of the Church to many generations of Berlin and Gorham residents through her selfless dedication as a teacher, principal and friend to all who had the good fortune of meeting her. She will be missed by her family and community.

Cecile was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Lucien and Raymond J. Labbe. Her family includes her brother Leo Labbe and his wife Carol of Clovis, Calif., her sister-in-law Linda Labbe (Raymond’s wife) of Marlborough, Conn., a nephew Mathew Labbe and wife Susannah, nieces Robin Labbe, Jennifer (Labbe) Hicks and husband Daniel, Jill (Labbe) Moskites and husband Joshua and five grand nephews and two grand nieces.

Friends and relatives may call on the at Bryant Funeral home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin on Friday, January 8, 2016, from 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, January, 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of the Good Shepherd Parish. Interment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends can call at the Bryant Funeral Home prior to the Mass from 9 to 9:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in Cecile’s name to either Holy Family in Gorham or Good Shepherd in Berlin. Online guest book at