Written by Barbara Tetreault
Debra A. (Blanchette) Nugent passed away peacefully at home on December 5, 2014. She leaves two sons - Daniel Nugent and his wife Chesa Conrad, and Mark Nugent; a daughter Caitlin Nugent; her father Leo Blanchette; a sister Lisa Ballam and a nephew Steven Lessard. She was pre-deceased by a sister Judy Lessard.
Debbie was born in New Hampshire, daughter of Leo and the late Corinne Blanchette. She graduated from Gorham High School and Becker Jr. College in Worcester, Mass. She worked as a medical billing assistant for Compassionate Care Hospice. She enjoyed going to the beach and spending time with family.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday December 9, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Nordgren Memorial Chapel 300 Lincoln St. A service will follow at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 13:09
Irene E. Mosca, 84, formerly of Berlin, passed away on Thursday December 11, 2014 at the Courtyard Nursing Center in Medford, Mass. She was born in Berlin on April 11, 1930 the daughter of Oreste J. and Jennie DiProspero and lived in Berlin in her younger years. She had resided in Revere, Mass. for many years and most recently had been a resident of the Courtyard Nursing Center.
Family includes her sister-in-law Carmen Mosca of Berlin; nieces and a nephew.
A Graveside Service will be held in the spring at the Holy Family Cemetery in Gorham at a date and time to be announced. There will be no calling hours. The Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 19:53
Alton E. Cross, 95, formerly of Berlin, passed away after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease at the Belmont Manor Nursing Home in Belmont, Mass. He was born in Bethel, Maine on September 16, 1919 the son of Edward and Gladys (Bennett) Cross and lived in Hartford, Conn., Brighton, Mass., Franklin, Mass. and Berlin. Alton had served in the US Army during World War II and was also a member of the National Guard. In Berlin, he was employed by the Brown Paper Company. He later attended the Massachusetts Radio School and worked as a television repairman for RCA and GE. He was a member of St. Barnabas Church.
He is survived by his son John Cross and his wife Pamela Curtis of Cambridge, Mass.; grandson Robert Cross of Cambridge, Mass.; sister Mary Hester of Washington and Maine. He was predeceased by his wife Alice Cross (May 21, 2002) and his brothers Stuart, Donald and Norton and his sister Norma Cross.
The family would like to thank the Belmont Nursing Home for the excellent care Alton received.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday December 17, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Berlin. Interment will be in the New City Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 19:35
Written by Barbara Tetreault
Lala Lambright Jones Dinsmore, 89, died on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Fairhaven Healthcare Center in Lowell, Mass. from complications of dementia. She passed away peacefully in the company of her loving family.
Lala was born on June 26, 1925, in Lake Wales, Fla. and lived in Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia before her family settled in the Lewiston, Maine area. She attended the University of Maine in Orono and it was there that she met her late husband, Robert F. Dinsmore. They settled in Shelburne, in 1953, where she lived until recently. She taught English at Notre Dame High School in Berlin, and later at Gorham High School in Gorham. She was a lively actress on stage and directed plays for Theatre North.
For many years Lala was a newspaper reporter and wrote a weekly column, White Mountain Viewpoints in Berlin newspapers and was a news correspondent for the Lewiston Daily Sun. She was a long-time columnist and reporter for the Berlin Daily Sun, where she was much loved by the staff for her kindness and gentle nature. She loved taking pictures of various groups and individuals whom she thought would be an interest to the community.
Quite often her columns would be about a trip she had taken or a hike she had been on, but the column would always end with a recipe. She served as editor for the Bulletin of the Mount Washington Observatory for several years. Lala loved Shelburne, her garden, her neighbors and the outdoors in all seasons. She skied well into her eighties and was a member of the AMC's Four Thousand Footer Club, having climbed all 48 tallest peaks in the White Mountains. In later years she became an avid cyclist and spent happy hours in the saddle both at home and on Elder Hostel trips with her children and her friend John Walsh.
Lala was an outstanding citizen, teacher, volunteer and outdoors woman. She knew how to enjoy life to the fullest. She treasured all her connections with family, friends and the community.
She is survived by her sister Patricia Zacharias, of Brunswick, Maine; nephew Michael Zacharias of Augusta, Maine; children, Sally Dinsmore Baldwin and husband, Ned Baldwin, of Shelburne; Page Dinsmore and wife Adele Joyes Dinsmore, of Fort Collins, Colo.; Amy Dinsmore, of Lowell, Mass.; and Phil Dinsmore and wife, Wendy Nordquist, of Port Townsend, Wash.; grandchildren, Hope Dinsmore, Tad Dinsmore, Sam Baldwin, Will Rogan and Matt Rogan; and five beautiful great grandchildren. Lala was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Dinsmore in 2000 and her special friend John Walsh in October of this year.
A memorial service will be held at the Gorham Congregational Church, Main Street, Gorham, on Saturday January 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. Friends and relatives are all welcome to attend. All are encouraged to share a memory of Lala at the service. A reception will follow at the Philbrook Farm Inn in Shelburne.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Mahoosuc Land Trust, or the Charity of one's choice.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 19:32
Aime Lessard is also survived by a sister Pauline Lemire of Saco, Maine.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 18:19