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Rebecca Ann Boothman

Rebecca Ann Boothman (Becky), 69, of Randolph passed away in the early morning hours Sunday, April 10, 2016, surrounded by close friends and family.
She was born to the late John H. (Jack) and Gwen (Shorey) Boothman October 10 1946 in Berlin.
Becky was a cook at the Appalachian Mountain Club in Pinkham Notch for 23 years until she her retirement; in 2010 she received the Joe Dodge award. Becky had many accomplishments and wore many hats.  She made a lasting impression and impact on all those who were lucky enough to meet or get to know her.  She grew up working and learning her amazing cooking skills in her family’s hotel, The Mt. Crescent House and continued on this career path working for many years at Whitney’s Inn in Jackson.  
For the majority of her adult life she was self-employed within her community cleaning and caretaking many of the summer cottages, running a bakery/gift shop/catering business and even caring for some of the communities’ elderly until she began her career at the AMC.  As an adult she along with her family took over and operated “Boothman Sugar Orchard” from her parents.  In 1999 she was one of 140 participants selected to participate in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. to represent New Hampshire as a traditional “Yankee” cook and the following year a recreation for Celebrate NH in Hopkinton.  Becky was always giving of her time and was a very active member of her community; she served on the Randolph School Board for 20-plus years.  
One of her proudest accomplishments was that she was the first female forest fire warden in New Hampshire and served in that role for 34 years.  Later in life, she concentrated heavily on her many knitting projects and made beautiful handmade gifts for friends and family far and wide. Although not active for some years, Becky was a member of the Congregational church in Gorham.
Becky is survived by three children:  Sara Ouellette of Newark, Vt., Jeffrey Parker and (Maria Neal) of Randolph, and Jennifer Parker of Berlin. She is also survived by one granddaughter, Gwen, a sister Sara and (Greg) Glines and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her youngest sister Susan Hawkins and her step son Joseph Parker.
There will be no calling hours, a celebration of life will be held at the Randolph town hall on Saturday June 11, from 2-6 p.m., and burial will be at the Randolph Cemetery at a later date. In Lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in her memory to The Randolph Community Forest. The Bryant Funeral Home, Gorham, NH, is in charge of the arrangements. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.

Service held for Douglas Everett Blake

A Celebration of Life was held for Douglas Everett Blake, of Dover, on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Fleury-Patry Funeral Home with Wendy Macdonald as Celebrant. 
Full Military Honors were performed by the U.S. Army Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League and the VFW.
The U.S. Army presented the flag to his son Eric.
A procession of family and friends followed to the New City Cemetery where he was laid to rest.
To post a tribute please visit www.fleury-patry.com
Arrangements were under the care of Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, Berlin.

Louise C. Vachon

Louise C. (Caron) Vachon, 86, of Manchester, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Catholic Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Berlin, she was the daughter of the late Hormidas and Regina (Bergeron) Caron. Raised and educated in Berlin, she was a graduate of St. Regis Academy and Notre Dame High School before matriculating to St. Louis Hospital School of Nursing, where she earned her degree as a Registered Nurse, Class of 1950. Louise specialized in geriatric nursing for many years prior to retirement.
A dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother, Louise’s family was paramount in her life. She cherished time spent with her dear grandchildren. An avid reader, Louise also enjoyed playing the piano and listening to music. Louise will be best remembered for her kind heart and love of family.
Louise is survived by her son, Mark Vachon of Manchester; two daughters, Lauren Thorn of Manchester and Jocelyn Vachon of Brewster, Mass.; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sister, Marion Gagliuso of Milford; several nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence C. Vachon, with whom she shared 52 years of marriage.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Pius X Parish, 575 Candia Rd., Manchester, on Thursday, April 14 at 10 a.m. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Louise’s memory to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall St # 104, Manchester, NH 03101. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.phaneuf.net.

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Colleen E. Currier

Colleen E. Currier, 79, formerly of US Route 2, Shelburne, passed away on Saturday morning April 9, 2016 at the Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin. She was born in Berlin, on October 30, 1936 the daughter of Elwood E. and Phyllis N. (Adair) Currier and had lived most of her life in Berlin. Colleen had resided in Alaska for 13 years prior to returning to the area. She had owned and operated the Chuck Wagon Restaurant for 13 years and was also co-owner of the Bon Appite Restaurant for three years with Lois Lavertue. Colleen was a member of St. Kieran Church, now known as Good Shepherd Parish.

Members of the family include her five daughters Paula Hinkley and husband Dana of Berlin, Gayle Theberge and husband Dennis of Milan, Terri Gagne and husband Scott of Anchorage, Alaska, Jennifer Lessard and husband Carl of Shelburne and Elizabeth Cloutier of Berlin; 15 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; four sisters Celeste Rowe of Bow, Shirley Lavertu and Sheila Hayes, both of Berlin and Frances Piche of Laconia; two brothers Elwood Currier Jr. of Texas and Vincent Currier of Cape Cod, Mass.; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her longtime companion of 36 years Charles “Chuck” Draper and by two brothers Durwood Currier and Stewart Currier.

There will be no services. Interment will be in the St. Kieran Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Bryant Funeral Home. www.bryantfuneralhome.net.

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Margaret Teresa Roy

Margaret Teresa Roy passed away at Androscoggin Valley Hospital at 11:15 a.m. on April 3, 2016. Margaret was born January 10, 1924 in Berlin, the daughter of Frank Kilbride and Mary “Minnie” McGinnis. She graduated from Berlin High School. She was engaged to Ronald Roy of Berlin in 1943. While he served in Europe during World War II, Margaret worked in a parachute factory in Manchester, Conn. They returned to Berlin and married on April 25, 1946.

Margaret was a homemaker. She loved her children, grandchildren and especially her six great-grandchildren. She loved word puzzles, reading the paper and watching the news. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends at her camp at Akers Pond in Errol. She loved to walk the road with her dog, Gizmo. They were a familiar sight to all the residents.

Margaret was predeceased by her mother and father, her brothers, Dennis, Francis and Irving, her sister, Barbara and her grandson, Nathan. She is survived by her husband, Ronald, her sons Richard of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, Ron of Berlin and his companion, Sharon Penney of Franconia, daughters Barbara Ann and husband Pierre Lessard, Cathy Roy Tessarolo and husband, Mike, all of Dallas, Texas, grandsons Joshua Roy and his wife Anna of Essex Jct, Vt., Ahren Roy and fiancé Tash Ridley of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, granddaughter Coco Reinhart and her husband, John, of Wheatridge, Colo., great-grandchildren, Charlie, Matheus, Lucien, Jack, Opal Margaret and Iris Teresa, numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, April 18 at 1 p.m. at St. Anne’s Church. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Nursing and Rehab or to Catholic Charities. The Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.

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