Service held for Joanne H. Walsh

Funeral services for Joanne H. Walsh, 84, of Berlin, were held on April 18, 2017, at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Reverend Kyle Stanton officiated. The readings were done by Bev Walsh and Linda Walsh, the gifts were presented by Kevin and Sharon Walsh and the Words of Remembrance were done by Maura Mills. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery. Reverend Stanton read the committal prayers. The pall bearers were Kevin Walsh, Chris Walsh, Bernard Walsh, Benjamin Walsh, Martin Walsh and Greg Walsh. Many relatives and friends attended the service. The Bryant Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Anita E. Lavigne

Anita E. Lavigne, formerly of 5th Avenue, Berlin and Ripple Cove Rd in Island Pond, Vt., passed away on Thursday, April 13, at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital here in Berlin, surrounded by her entire family. She was born in Berlin on August 14, 1936, the daughter of Rose Emma (Robert) Lavoie and Aime John Lavoie. Anita and her husband Bob have lived in numerous places throughout their 63 years of marriage including Milford, N.J., St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, Island Pond, Vt., Groveton, and Berlin.

No matter where Anita has gone, she has been involved in music and singing in every church along the way. Her last church ministry was as co-director, with her daughter Patti, for the Good Shepherd Parish Children’s Choir here in Berlin for the last 15 years. These children were such a joy in her life. You very seldom saw Anita without her daughter and best friend, Patti. Anita and Patti have sung all over the state at Festivals, private functions and in numerous churches. Anita and Patti sang for the Deaconate Mass for Rev. Richard Dion of Berlin and were also asked to sing French music at Reverend Dion’s Ordination for priesthood at the Cathedral in Manchester. Anita also enjoyed going to casinos with her husband and many special friends on bus trips. She and her husband enjoyed very much their two beautiful cottages on Island Pond in Vermont, both built by Bob.

Anita is survived by her three children, Patti Berube and husband Larry of Berlin, Patrick Lavigne and wife Lisa of Goffstown, and Dennis Lavigne and companion Hope Powers of Island Pond, Vt. Other family members include six grandchildren Danielle, Christopher, Nicholas, Gabrielle, Keesha and Jamie Lavigne; step grandchildren Melissa Frenette and Tammy Berthiaume of Berlin and Brian Berube of Manchester. Also, Kaitlyn and Megan Savage of Goffstown. Great grandchildren Evan and Eli Lavigne, Louisia Lurvey and Kaylynn and Kadison Humphrey and a sister Alice Renaud of Berlin.

She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Robert Lavigne, in January of 2015 and her eldest son, Rene Lavigne, who was killed in a construction accident in the fall of 2004 in Saxtons Falls, Vt. She is also predeceased by her brothers Donald, Raymond, Aime and Robert Lavoie and one sister, Lucille Pepin, all of Berlin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 18, at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Interment will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave, Berlin, on Monday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Online guestbook at

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Sophie Buckovitch Morrill

Sophie Buckovitch Morrill, after a ten year battle finally succumbed on April 11, 2017, at the Caleo Bay Alzheimers Special Care Center in LaQuinta, Calif. Sophie was born on November 28, 1934, in Berlin, the youngest of eight children. She attended local schools and was a 1952 graduate of Berlin High School where she was, among many endeavors, captain of the girls basketball team. Sophie then went on to work her way thru the University of New Hampshire, culminating in a B.S. degree in physical education in 1956. Sophie was an accomplished pianist and attended the Hartford School of Music. Sophie loved golf and bridge, was a gourmet cook, but most of all loved being a devoted wife and mother. She was a long time member and frequent attendee to the Russian Orthodox Church in San Anselmo, Calif.
Left behind to cherish her memory is Gerald, her husband of 60 years. She is survived by a brother Paul of New Britain, Conn., and sisters Tanya Chapin of Berthoud, Colo., and Eve Silva of Chicago, Ill. She is also survived by sons Arthur of Rayville, Mo.; Dwight of Sonoma, Calif.; Douglas of Novato, Calif.; a daughter Lynne Potts of Sierraville, Calif., and nine grandchildren.
It is the family’s wish that you remember the Alzheimers Society in your charitable donations in memory of this wonderful soul.
Friends and relatives may call at the Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home 365 Main St., Saco, Maine on Friday, April 21, 2017, from 10 to 11 a.m. A 11 a.m. funeral service will follow at the Funeral Home, Burial will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery on the Morrill Lot.

Robert Desilets

Robert “Bob” Desilets of Highland Park Avenue passed away peacefully at home on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, where he rejoined his loving wife Beverly of 61 years. He was 86 years of age.

Born on August 21, 1930, in Berlin he was the son of Albert and Erma (Demers) Desilets.

Bob served in the U.S. Marine’s during the Koren War from 1951 through 1954.

After returning from the war he married Beverly Haynes on November 20, 1954. He and Beverly raised three children. After 43 years he retired from James River Corporation where he was employed as an auto diesel mechanic.

His greatest love was his family; he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He could always be found at one of his children or grandchildren’s sporting events. His greatest joy was supporting his grandchildren in all their life endeavors. He and Beverly loved spending time at their camp on Dodge Pond. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading and doing puzzles. He was best described as a real stand-up man, with endless patience and a voice that was never raised; giver of the best hugs and the shirt off his back.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years Beverly Haynes; and his brother Maurice Desilets.

Bob leaves behind his son Robert “Bobby” Desilets and Donna of Gorham; daughters Cheryl Croteau of Milan, and Stacy Poirier and husband David of Berlin; six grandchildren Sandy Lafferty and husband Ryan, Robbie Desilets, Jesse Croteau, Jodie Croteau, Ryan Poirier and wife Jennifer, Kara Poirier and companion Adam Young; two great-grandchildren, Marissa and Adam Lafferty and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no services. Arrangements are under the care of Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, Berlin.

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Michelle J. Gosselin-Fillion

Michelle J. Gosselin-Fillion, 52, of Berlin, passed away suddenly on April 12, 2017, at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin. She was born in Berlin, on April 20, 1964, the daughter of Roger and Jeannine (Vien) Gosselin and has been a lifelong resident. Michelle was a graduate of Berlin High School and had attended the White Mountains Community College in Berlin. She had been employed at Rite Aide, The Family Dollar Store, Dr. Eugene Kruysman and lastly, she had done private duty home care. Her enjoyments included gardening, nature and her animals. She was a very selfless person, who put others before herself, was easy to please and a very happy person.

Members of the family include her husband Michel Fillion of Berlin; two daughters Kristen (Blanchette) Roy and her husband Daniel of Oregon and Elise Blanchette of Maine; her parents Roger and Jeannine Gosselin of Berlin; two brothers Robert Gosselin and wife Shelley Pembroke of Penacook, and Roger Gosselin and husband Todd of Berlin; stepchildren Katelyn Fillion of Berlin and Keith Fillion of Aurora, Colo.; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Avenue, Berlin. Interment will be in St. Pius Cemetery in Errol, later in the spring. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday afternoon April 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. Online guestbook at

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