Lois Hjelm Ross

Lois Hjelm Ross of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. and former long term resident of Needham, Mass. passed away peacefully Saturday, April 30, 2016. Lois was born in Berlin, where she graduated from Berlin High School. She was the daughter of Herbert and Eva Hjelm and sister of Lillian Hjelm, June Geneen, Pauline Marx and William Hjelm. She is survived by her son Jonathan, daughter-in-law Pam, grandsons Andrew and Bradford Ross, her nephews Carl and Eric Hjelm and her niece Stephanie Hjelm. Lois was a former deaconess of the Congregational Church of Needham and was a secretary for Sun Life and Coakley, Boyd and Abbott.

There will be a service to celebrate Lois’s life Friday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Needham Congregational Church. Friends and family are welcome. On the following day, Saturday June 4 there will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. in the Old City Cemetery in Berlin.


Marcia A. Hanson

Marcia A. Hanson, 83, of Dummer, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin. She was born on December 13, 1932, the daughter of Roy and Edith (Kinne) Burrows and was raised and educated in Lowell, Mass. She came to New Hampshire after her retirement from Westford, Mass. in 1990. She had been employed by General Electric in her younger years. Marcia was a member of First Baptist Church in Berlin, was the treasurer of her church for many years, enjoyed traveling, camping, cooking and baking. Marcia also liked to paint and enjoyed many trips to Mohegan Island to paint. She had sold some of her work.

Family includes her sons Rick b. Hanson and wife Lana of Spring Hill, Tenn., Ron Hanson and wife Kristen of Scarborough, Maine and Robert Hanson of Dummer; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sisters Bonnie Johnson of Lowell, Mass. and Nona Georges of Dunstable, Mass.; brother Robert Burrows of Everett, Mass.; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Leonard Hanson on March 14, 2009.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 9 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 79 High St. in Berlin. Interment will be in the Gibson Cemetery in Pelham at 2 p.m. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave. in Berlin on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to the First Baptist Church. Online guest book at

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Raymond L. Nolan

Raymond L. Nolan, 66, of Cates Hill Road died Thursday, May 12 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 and on Wednesday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish in Berlin. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

A full obituary will appear in the Tuesday, May 17 edition of the Berlin Daily Sun.

Marie Simoneau (Andrews) Fournier

Marie Simoneau (Andrews) Fournier, 82, of Gorham passed away at her home on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Mrs. Fournier was born in Berlin, on July 27, 1933, a daughter of the late Edward James and Doris Edna (Clark) Simoneau and was a lifelong resident of Gorham, graduating from Gorham High School in 1951. She owned and operated Medical Claims Services in Gorham for several years and retired in 2001 as Administrative Assistant of the Family Resource Center. She held various town offices including Supervisor of the Checklist, Trustee of Trust Funds and was on the Budget Committee. Marie was a Communicant of Holy Family Church, where she served as lector and was a member of the parish Council. She was also a member of Gorham Cooperative School Alumni Association and was past president of the Gorham Woman’s Club. Marie was especially proud of her French Canadian heritage.

She is survived by her husband Ralph Fournier of Gorham; her children Lynn Chevarie and husband Donald of Berlin, James Andrews of Berlin, Sheila Swaney and husband Ray of Denton, N.C.; a sister Jane Goertz and husband Gordon Sr. of Spring Hill, Fla.; four grandchildren, Andrea Chevarie, Bryan Chevarie, Andrew King and Cody Andrews, one great grandchild Hunter King, stepchildren, Richard Fournier of Manchester, Raymond Fournier of Orlando, Fla. and Pamela Anderson of Boston, Mass.; nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday morning May 16, at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church. Interment will be in the Mt. Hayes Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 1 Promenade St., Gorham on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in her memory to the American Diabetes Association, Portland-Auburn ME Office, 80 Elm Street, Portland, ME 04101. Online guest book at

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Service held for Gertrude E. Bisson

A Mass of Christian Burial for Gertrude E. Bisson, 93, of Berlin was celebrated on Monday, May 2, at Holy Family Church in Gorham.
Reverend Andrew Nelson officiated. The pall was placed by her daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Cheryl Bouchard, and her daughter, Cheryl, also placed the crucifix. Serving as readers were her grandson, Russell Otis, and niece, Lorraine Morrison. The offertory gifts were presented by her grand-niece, Karen Murphy, and cousin, Barbara Boutin. Her granddaughter, Lauren Rainbow, delivered the Eulogy.
Interment immediately followed at the Holy Family Cemetery in Gorham.