The Reverend Roland O. Blais, was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord on March 25, 2015. He was 96 years old.
He was born on January 14, 1919 in Berlin to Wilfred and Eva (Turcotte) Blais. He was ordained a priest on April 26, 1944 by the His Excellency William F. O'Shea, M.M., at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester.
He studied Philosophy at St. Charles Borromeo in Sherbrooke, Quebec and then completed his ecclesiastical studies at the Grand Seminary in Montreal, Quebec.
Fr. Blais served as an associate pastor of St. Marie Parish in Manchester and St. Martin Parish in Somersworth. He was then assigned as pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in New London. Following a sabbatical, he served as chaplain at St. Vincent de Paul in Berlin, as an associate at Sacred Heart in Laconia, Infant Jesus in Nashua, Holy Rosary in Rochester, temporary administrator of Sacred Heart in Wilton, then returning to Holy Rosary in Rochester until he was assigned to St. George Parish in Manchester where he served until his retirement.
He served as Eastern Area Scout Chaplain, Confessor for many women religious communities in the diocese and as Priest-liason for the Diocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
The family includes a sister, Therese Horan of Berlin; 13 nieces and nephews including, Dr. Roland Montminy and his wife, Terry, Denise Connors and her husband, Dr. David, Christine Doucet and her husband, Ben, Rev. Paul D. Montminy, Rev. Marc R. Montminy, Francine B. Dupont and her husband, Gene, Andre Beaupre and his wife, Karen, Celeste Fletcher and her husband, Jim, Cathrine Johnson and her husband, Steve, Charles Horan and his wife, Rachel, Lisa Doucet and Mack, Philip Doucet and his wife, Sue and Carol Logan and her husband, John; many grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by three sisters, Lucille Montminy, Fernande Doucet and Rita Beaupre.
With faith and hope in eternal life, let us commend our brother to the love and mercy of God and assist him with our prayers.
Calling hours are Monday, March 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home and Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, Manchester. On Tuesday, March 31, The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, will preside at a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Ste. Marie Church, 378 Notre Dame Ave., Manchester. Private committal prayers will be Wednesday at St. Anne Cemetery in Berlin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to N.H. Catholic Charities, 325 Franklin St., Manchester, NH 03101.
To leave a message of condolence, visit www.lambertfuneralhome.com
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A Chapel Service was held at Fleury-Patry Funeral Home on Monday, March 23, 2015 for Kenneth Perkins. Serving as Celebrant was Father Kyle Stanton.
Family and friends shared words of remembrance.
The service was well attended by family and friends.
The arrangements were entrusted to the care of Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, Berlin. Online guestbook www.fleury-patry.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 18:40
Eric W. Oleson, 56, of Gorham, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at his home. He was born in Berlin on May 26, 1958 the son of Clarence and Mamie (Demars) Oleson and lived most of his life in the Berlin-Gorham area. He had been employed by Daniel Hebert Construction for many years and enjoyed golf, biking, hiking, the outdoors and loved watching sports.
Family includes his two girls, his wife Susan (Morin) Oleson of Gorham and his daughter Hillary Claire of Arlington, Va.; his brother Ronnie Oleson and wife Jan of Riverdale, Utah; sisters Deborah Ramsay and husband Bobby of Gorham, and Candace Wilson and husband Brad of Berlin; uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Clarence "Spike" Oleson and Mamie (Demars) Oleson and a brother Wayne Oleson.
A Mass of Christian will be celebrated on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish, 345 Pleasant St., Berlin. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends attending the Mass are asked to meet directly at church. Donations in his memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation of NH, 6 Chenell Dr., Suite 260, Concord, NH, 03301. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 18:40
Suzanne J. Houle, 52, of Berlin, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital after a sudden illness. She was born in Berlin on July 30, 1962 the daughter of the late Armand R. and Cecile E. (Arnold) Nadeau and lived most of her life in Berlin. She graduated from Berlin High School in 1980 and was employed as a nurse's aide at AVH. In the past, she had worked at AV Home Care, St. Vincent de Paul and Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin and Saunders and Green Briar in Nashua, where she had lived for 9 years. She had also worked with the Alzheimer's Program in Berlin. Suzanne was a member of Good Shepherd Parish and the Ladies of St. Anne. She loved being a nurse's aide and helping elderly people and also loved to knit and cook. Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren.
Family members include her husband Lucien R. Houle of Berlin; her son Eric L. Houle of Berlin; grandsons Jason and Justin Houle of Berlin; sisters Doris Riendeau and husband Gerry of Berlin and Nicole Chevarie and husband Bob of Berlin; father-in-law Laurent Houle of Berlin; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 18:11