Shirley M. Decker

Shirley Mae (Harris) Decker, 89, resident of Shaftsbury Hollow in Vermont passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Vermont Veterans Home. The daughter of the late Harlan C. and Margie G. (Roberts) Harris, she was born in St. Petersburgh, Fla. on July 12, 1926. She received her education in Lawrence, Mass. and graduated from Westfield High School. She had resided in Westfield for many years where she had worked at White’s Quaint Shop and Old Colony Envelope Company. She was a member of the Westfield Woman’s Club, a 67 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ladies Oriental Shriners and member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Errol, however she was most proud of being a lifelong 77 year member of the Girl Scouts of America. Shirley had been a HAM radio operator, she loved photography and flying, she also enjoyed fishing and hunting with her late husband Everett, whom she married on October 12, 1951.

Service held for Charles T. MacDonald

A Mass of Christian Burial for Charles T. MacDonald, 79, of Berlin, was celebrated on Friday, January 29, 2016, at St. Anne Church, following prayers at the Bryant Funeral Home in Berlin. Reverend Andrew Nelson officiated. The readings were done by Jackie Tetreault and Lise Sanschagrin. Guy Sanschagrin and Liane Sanschagrin presented the gifts. The singer was his niece Tonya Leveille and the organist was Monique Lavertu and the words of remembrance were said by Pat Sanschagrin. Pall bearers were Wayne Fecteau, Corey Fecteau, Jamie Breau, Danielle Breau and Pat Sanschagrin.

Gladys M. (Dugas) Murphy

Gladys M. (Dugas) Murphy, 91, of Berlin, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at the St. Vincent de Paul Rehab and Nursing Center in Berlin. She was born in Berlin on September 2, 1924 the daughter of Majorique and Emma (Brooks) Dugas and was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Berlin High and was a member of Good Shepherd Parish, the Ladies of St. Anne and the Marie Rivier Association. She enjoyed knitting and made over 2000 pairs of mittens for the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop and the Sisters of Presentation. She had also volunteered at AVH and the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop. Gladys was a political activist for the Democratic Party, working for the elections from 1956-1976 and was the Supervisor of the Checklist from 1976-2000.

Family includes her daughters Helen Tucker and husband Bill of Valdosta, Ga., and Therese Montminy and her husband Roland of Berlin; sons Raymond Murphy and wife Dolores of Manchester, Henry Murphy and wife Lucille of Manchester, and Dennis Murphy and wife Nancy of Berlin; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sisters Doris Fortier of Berlin, and Sr. Blanche Dugas, Presentation of Mary, Manchester; brother Raymond Dugas and wife Olive of Berlin; brother-in-law George Murphy and sister-in-law Jeannette Croteau; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Robert Murphy in 1989, a brother Lionel Dugas and a grandson Timothy Murphy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Interment will be in the St. Kieran Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin on Friday, February 5 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Rehab and Nursing Center, 29 Providence Ave., Berlin, NH, 03570 or for Masses to be said in her name, c/o Therese Montminy, 193 Madison Ave., Berlin, NH, 03570. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.

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Dorothy M. Holmes

Dorothy (Morgan) “Dot” Holmes 102, of Lucinda Terrace, Keene, died Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the Keene Center Genesis, Court Street, Keene.

She was born in Jaffrey, on August 6, 1913, the daughter of Hugh and Agnes (Law) Morgan.

She grew up in Jaffrey attending local schools, and later received a Bachelor Degree in Education from Keene Teachers College, now Keene State College.

She began her teaching career in Fitzwilliam. She later moved to Berlin, where she resided for many years, and taught home economics at Berlin High School. Following retirement, she moved to Keene in 1970.

She enjoyed traveling world-wide, especially to Europe, Cuba and Alaska. She also enjoyed knitting, sewing and cooking, and she was an avid reader.

Dorothy lead a very active and full life, however, the thing that she enjoyed the most and that brought her the most pleasure was time spent with her family.

Mrs. Holmes is survived by her two children, Barbara H. Cook and her husband, David, of Bow, Michael H. Holmes of Roslindale, Mass.; two grandchildren, Jennifer C. Lahey, Brian H.S. Cook; two great-grandchildren, Keaton Lahey, Gavin Lahey; two nieces and a nephew. She was predeceased by her husband of 27 years, G. Harold Holmes in 1971; a son, Gerald A. Holmes in 2003; and four brothers, Hugh Morgan, John Morgan, Joseph Morgan and Arthur Morgan.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, 33 School Street, Troy. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Main Street, Keene. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Foley Funeral Home (www.foleyfuneralhome.com), 49 Court Street, Keene.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mrs. Holmes memory to a charity of one’s choice.

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