Estelle Jeannette Sweeney

Estelle Jeannette Sweeney passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at Coos Country Nursing Home. She was 80 years old.

Born in Berlin, on February 10, 1936, she was the daughter of Placide and Gertrude (Aubert) Caron.

Estelle’s greatest love was her family. She was very artistic and enjoyed painting for family, she was an incredible cook and baker. She found music to be of great comfort.

Besides her parents she is predeceased by her sister Madeline Roy.

Estelle leaves behind her five children; her son Daniel Sweeney and wife Kim of Fayetteville, N.C.; four daughters Rose Long and husband Leo of Dummer, Angela Croteau and husband Raymond of St. Johnsbury, Vt., Kathleen Harvey and husband Steve of Berlin, Jennifer Blair and husband Gregory of Gorham; eight grandchildren, David and Michael Long, Miranda Becker and husband Eric, Melissa Long and husband Nathan, Donald Sweeney and wife Aubrey, Michelle Sweeney, Aidan and Declan Blair; one great-granddaughter Autumn; a brother Roland Caron and wife Laurette; several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish on Friday, December 23, 2016, at 10 a.m. Burial will be held at the Russian City Cemetery at a later date.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Friday, Dec. 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin, NH 03570.

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Lily Edna Rich

Lily Edna Rich, 96, of Milan passed away on Tuesday morning December 20, 2016, at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin with her family by her side. She was born in Chatham Kent, England on August 1, 1920, the daughter of the late George and Emily (Moss) Briggs. She grew up in England and came to the United States in 1946. She served in the WATS in the British Army during WWII from 1941 – 1945 as a Predictor Operator on an Anti-Aircraft Battery and in 1945 she married Donald E. Rich in Heston at the Church of England. Lily worked for several years at Granite State Rubber Company as a stitcher. She was a member of the Milan Community United Methodist Church, Emily Flint Rebekah Lodge and the Rebekah Assembly of New Hampshire.
Members of the family include her husband of 71 years, Donald E. Rich of Milan; a son Alan Rich of Lunenburg, Vt.; a daughter Susan Blais and husband Paul of Milan; one sister, Pamela Jones of Dalbeattie, Scotland; two brothers William Briggs of Leicestershire, England and George Briggs of N. Carolina; seven grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Brian E. Rich in 2011 and two sisters Gwen Smith and Joyce Bradfield.
There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Milan Community United Methodist Church. Interment will be held in the spring in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Milan. Donations may be made in her memory to the Milan Community United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 386, Milan, NH 03588. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bryant Funeral Homes, Berlin & Gorham. Online guestbook at

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Kathryn Elaine (Andrews) Drown

Kathryn Elaine (Andrews) Drown, 95, of Randolph, died at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Concord, on Tuesday morning, December 13, 2016. Kathryn (Kate to most) was born in Bethel, Maine on October 13, 1921, the daughter of Leroy Parker Andrews and Beatrice Lovell Blake Andrews. Kate grew up in Bethel, Maine and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Kate was a quiet woman who loved family, she was the glue that held everyone together. To those who knew Kate, she was an angel in disguise. She will be greatly missed. Kate was a member of the Gorham Congregational Church, UCC.

Surviving family members: sister Virginia May Andrew Mosher of Errol, now residing at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Concord; son Parker Raymond Drown and his wife Barbara Austin Drown of Marlborough, their daughter Kelly Jo Drown Chamberlain and her daughters Morgan and Madison of Jaffrey, their son Jamie Parker Drown and his wife Jane so Yeon Drown and their children Austin, Brayden and Caroline of Chino Hills, Calif.; daughter Sharon Gail Drown Lowe and husband Charles Edward Lowe, Sr., of Randolph, their children Tammy Lynn Lowe Towle of Randolph, and her sons David and Tyler Towle of Whitefield, son Charles Edward Lowe, Jr. and his wife Sylvia Bourbeau Lowe and their daughter Katlyn Lowe of Randolph, and their son Dillion Lowe of Berlin. She was predeceased by her husband George Raymond Drown, brothers Richard Leroy Andrews and Rodney Clyde Andrews.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Bryant Funeral Home, 1 Promenade St., Gorham on Friday, January 6, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home from noon until 1:30 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will be in the spring in the Randolph. Donations in her memory may be made to an animal rescue organization of one’s choosing. Online guestbook at

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Lorraine L. Dinardo

Lorraine L. Dinardo, 87, formerly of Lewiston, Maine, and a resident of Dover, for the past five years, died Monday, December 19, 2016, at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover. Born in Lewiston, Maine, on November 3, 1929, she was the daughter of Wilda and Elsie Wiriot Gagne, and was educated in local schools.

At the age of 19 she met a young Italian paper mill worker from Berlin named Albert Dinardo and he talked her into marrying him and moving north to Berlin. On February 12, 1949, she married and started her journey of living in the north country that lasted some 50 years. While raising three children during the day and working the second shift for Converse Rubber Company, Lorraine was known to never slow down and had the energy that would rival the “Energizer Bunny”.

After Converse Rubber Company closed their doors in 1979, Lorraine managed a woman's clothing store named “House of Style” until her retirement in 1989. She also developed a reputation as an excellent cook of Italian dishes that she learn from her in-laws who migrated to the USA from Sicily, Italy. Lorraine’s house always had someone visiting and enjoying the multiple course meals that she would prepare. Cooking and being in her kitchen was the love of her life. Guests knew that Lorraine would always have a pot-of-coffee on the stove to share. Her pizza recipe is one that has been nicknamed “Grammie's Pizza” by her grand children and has been passed down through the generations.

Always a gathering place for the holidays, Lorraine enjoyed entertaining large groups of people and loved to have music around her. It is known that Lorraine will kick up her feet and dance to any music, especially a good “polka”! Lorraine was involved in a major car accident in 2005 that nearly took her life but her will to live and her desire to help others prevailed. Eventually Lorraine returned back to her birth place of Greene, Maine until January 2012 when she move to Dover to be near her caring son. Loving mother, hard worker, great cook, and care taker to all, she was most proud of her three children, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas of Dummer, and Gary and wife Deena of Dover, a daughter, Debra Thalheimer of Lewiston, Maine, a brother, John Gagne and wife Jean of Greene, Maine, a sister, Veronica Thibault and husband Emile of Lewiston, Maine. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by five brothers, Guy, Bert, Richard, Guston and Raymond Gagne, and an infant granddaughter, Katherine, who died in 1979. 

A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 7, 10 a.m., Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Sabattus, Maine. Interment in the spring, St. Kieran’s Cemetery, Berlin. No visitation. Donations may be made in her memory to Friends of Hyder Hospice House, 285 County Farm Rd., Dover, NH 03820. Condolences and donations may be found online at


Service held for Raymond A. Holt

A funeral service for Raymond A. Holt, 77, of Dummer was held on Friday, December 9, 2016, at the Word of God Christian Church. Pastor Duane Stiles co-officiated along with Pastor Malcolm Longenecker. Sandy Patrick was the organist for the service. Special music and testimony was provided by his children, Melinda Enman, Julie Glover and Chris Holt. At the end of the service, prerecorded music of Ray singing The Old Rugged Cross was played. Interment followed in the Willis Cemetery with Pastor Duane Stiles reading the committal prayers. The Pall Bearers were Dan, Luke and, Ethan Enman, Whitney Lewis, Meagan, Sadie and Tim Glover. Full military honors were provided by the U.S. Marine Corps., who folded and presented the American Flag to his wife, Diane Holt. The Corporal Richard Demers Marine Corps League of Berlin, along with the VFW and American Legion assisted with the honors. The Bryant Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.