Lucille Marie-Berthe (Tanguay) Kilbride

Lucille Marie-Berthe (Tanguay) Kilbride, passed away peacefully. Born in St. Justine, Quebec, on October 25, 1924, she was the daughter of Rosaire and Albertine (Mathieu) Tanguay. She moved to Berlin with her family when she was three years old. Before she married, she worked at Ware Knitters in Berlin. On August 12, 1950, she married Francis Arthur Kilbride and they raised four daughters. She spent many years enjoying the camp Francis and his family built at Akers Pond, Errol. Many wonderful summers were spent with family and friends swimming, barbecuing and playing horseshoes. Lucille took daily walks through Berlin and averaged four miles each day. Francis joined her once he retired, and she continued to walk until she moved from Berlin. She was an excellent seamstress and sewed most of her own clothes. She then used the extra fabric to make a multitude of quilts now enjoyed by her family and friends. She also knit hats, mittens and slippers for many years, as well as sweaters for her grandsons. She liked to read magazines and the daily newspaper and to complete puzzles until her eyesight weakened. She had an incredible green thumb and enjoyed her rooms filled with house plants and wild flower gardens at camp. In 2005, she moved to Goffstown, to be closer to her daughters, and most recently resided at Ridgewood Center in Bedford. When she was not able to walk safely outdoors, she took her daily walk in the hallways. She continued to read the local news in the Berlin Reporter after she moved.
Lucille leaves behind four daughters, Ann Vaughan of Morro Bay, Calif., and husband, Patrick Vaughan; Janet Kilbride of Millbury, Mass., and husband, James Rice III; Noreen Kilbride of Antrim, and husband, Charles Levesque; Nancy Kilbride of Bedford, and significant other, Brian Hoffman; and two grandsons, Galen Kilbride and Benjamin Kilbride, both of Antrim. She was predeceased by her husband, Francis, in 1993.
A private service will be held for family members. The Bryant Funeral Home in Berlin is in charge of the arrangements. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.

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Theresa M. Brannen

Theresa M. Brannen, 86, of Berlin, passed away on Sunday June 26, 2016, at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin. Mrs. Brannen was born in Lawrence, Mass., on June 27, 1929, daughter of the late Adolph and Lena (Legros) Castonguay.
She moved to Gorham in 1937 at the age of 8 and graduated from Gorham High School in 1947 and also was a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. She and her late husband Thomas Brannen were married in 1951. They greatly enjoyed traveling together and spent portions of their winters in Sarasota, Fla.
Theresa worked for the City of Berlin Public School System for over 25 years, as a reading specialist and then as the Title I director. She truly loved her job and colleagues and took great pride in meeting her former students and hearing of their accomplishments.
In her youth, she enjoyed figure skating and continued to follow international skating competitions. She also had a lifelong love of dancing, which she continued well into her 80s. Theresa loved attending cultural events and spending time with her grandchildren.
Family members include her daughters, Dr. Judy Brannen and husband Dr. Robert Castellucci of Richmond, Va., and Jane Brannen and longtime companion Norman “Gus” Gagne of Berlin; 4 grandchildren, Jonathan, Theresa, Joseph and Thomas Castellucci; close sisters- in-law Ruby Brannen of Berlin and Lily Brannen of Sarasota, Fla.; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas E. Brannen in 1996.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday July 1, at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish in Berlin. Interment will follow in Holy Family Cemetery in Gorham. Relatives and friends may call on Thursday afternoon and evening from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin. Donations may be made in her memory to Good Shepherd Parish Memorial Fund, 151 Emery St., Berlin or to the American Red Cross. Online guest book at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.

Pauline (Audet) Bisson

Pauline (Audet) Bisson died Monday, May 30, in Tulsa, Okla., where she lived for the past 15 years. She was 91 years old. Born in Lisbon, Pauline grew up in Berlin and raised her family here with her husband Emile Martineau. They had four daughters.

Not one for “joining”, Pauline’s name does not appear on a long list of clubs or service organizations. However, she loved politics and assisted in her husband Emile’s campaigns for Sheriff. She was a nursing assistant in Berlin and Lancaster, and took pride in the care she gave to residents.

In 1972, Pauline married Robert Bisson and shortly thereafter moved to Bonita Springs, Fla. She kept busy caring for her grandchildren, and when needed helping her daughter Mona with her deli and catering business. She also participated in bible study and services at her local church. Also while in Florida she was invaluable to her aging parents who lived in Miami at the time.

Following her husband Robert’s death in 2000, Pauline moved to Tulsa, Okla., where her daughter Jeanne and family established their home. She was again involved in church and family life. Always a fabulous cook, Pauline continued to whip-up meals and treats for family, friends, and sometimes for mere acquaintances. BBQ ribs, lasagna, tourtière, mixed berry crisp, and apple pie provide mere snapshots of her varied culinary skills. You could feel the love when you feasted on her goodies.

While living in Tulsa Pauline returned to the North Country, spending summers at Israel River Campground where she reconnected with old friends and met new ones. She loved her summers in Jefferson.

Pauline’s life was rather ordinary, but she was not. She was funny, feisty, and sang and danced to her own tune. She was headstrong and opinionated, tough but tenderhearted. She was never boring. Pauline loved chocolate, jewelry, french manicures, fashion, and clean sheets. She took pride in her family, her cooking, and her appearance. She valued her independence. In a world that often discounts the elderly, overlooks or condescends to them, Pauline insisted on respect and on having her voice heard. She demanded it for herself, and for other residents of the nursing home where she lived. We laughed together, we cried together, and sometimes we drove each other crazy. She was one of a kind. We love her and miss her very, very much.

Pauline was predeceased by her husband Robert Bisson, and by her ex-husband Emile Martineau. Surviving members of the family include her sister Yvette Matthews of Naples, Fla.; four daughters - Mona Seiler of Rye, Jeanne Diamond and husband Roger of Tulsa, Okla., Suzanne Martineau and husband Robert Usherson of Melbourne, Fla., and Berlin, and Claudette Moynihan and husband Wayne of Dummer; seven grandchildren - Kevin Moynihan, Noelle Ewing, Mathew Seiler, Allison Andersen, Jeremy, Christopher, and Aimee Diamond; and three great granddaughters Olivia, Franki, and Elisti June.

There will be no calling hours or public service.

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Service to be held for Louis L. Savard

Graveside Services for Mr. Louis L. Savard, 67, of Milan, who passed away on November 24, 2014, will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016, at 2 p.m. at St. Anne Cemetery in Berlin. The Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.