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Roland J. Lacasse

Roland J. Lacasse, 70, of Milan, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin. He was born in Berlin on August 11, 1944 the son of Ludger and Antoinette (Huot) Lacasse and was a lifelong resident of the Berlin-Milan area. He had been employed by Milan Container until illness forced his retirement and was well known for his ice sales. Roland enjoyed gardening, camping, classic cars and motorcylces. He loved his family and was a very hard worker.

Family includes his wife Brenda (Legassie) Lacasse of Milan; sons Jay Lacasse and wife Tina of Milan, Brian Lacasse and fiancée Crystal Marquis of Milan and Roland Lacasse, Jr., of North Conway; grandchildren Danika Leblanc, Karli Lacasse, Dallis Lacasse, Jalen Lacasse, Tiarah Lacasse and Ruby Lacasse; mother-in-law Barbara Legassie; brother Raymond Lacasse and wife Teri of Arizona; nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. He was predeceased by siblings Paul Lacasse, Roger Lacasse, Cecile Audette and Pauline Roy. He will be sadly missed and never forgotten.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin. Interment will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Milan later in the spring. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home on Tuesday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Online guestbook at



Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 19:45

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Dr. John Kovalik

Dr. John Kovalik, 85, passed away tragically on March 24, 2015. A loving father and grandfather, his passion for people and the outdoors was well known by all his friends and family and everyone he met. He took great pleasure in living a simple, spiritual life yet it was filled with many accomplishments.

John was born in Berlin, on February 19, 1930, the oldest son of Ukrainian immigrants, Eli Kovalik and Theodora (Sych) Kovalik. He graduated from Berlin High School in 1948. While at Berlin High, he was a scholar and athlete and played basketball and baseball, earning all-state honors in baseball his senior year while helping the team to a state championship.

Following High School he attended the University of New Hampshire, where he met his wife, Shirley Robart, mother of his four children, graduating with a Masters in Chemical Engineering in 1953. Following college, he spent a short stint working at the Brown Company in Berlin. He then applied to, and was accepted into the U.S. Navy Officer Candidates School. After completion of OCS, he served his time as a Naval officer in Florida and New Jersey.

After leaving the Navy, he attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, graduating in 1962. Following his graduation, he continued on at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn., where he interned and did his residency in Oral Surgery. He then moved back to Berlin, which he lovingly referred to as "God's Country" where he practiced Oral Surgery for nearly 30 years.

Even as he practiced Oral Surgery he managed to earn his private pilot's license, and enjoyed flying all over northern New Hampshire out of the Milan airport. He was also an accomplished golfer, winning five club championships between the Androscoggin Valley Country Club and Waumbek Golf Course. Throughout his life he was also an avid skier, spending most weekday afternoons skiing at Wildcat Mountain into his early 80s. He told of skiing on barrel staves before he was able to afford his first pair of skis! He also loved to fly fish, hike the White Mountains, and was an avid worldwide traveler, going to Russia over a dozen times and other exciting places like Rio de Janiero, Peru, Europe and the Caribbean islands. He often said that he "was never bored a day in my life"; no wonder as his activities kept him busy all the time! He loved sports and competition, and enjoyed telling all who would listen many stories about his colorful life.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, most especially by his children and grandchildren, as he often said that "my family is my life". Those children are Dr. John Kovalik, Jr., and his wife Sheryl (Bicknell) of North Conway; Pamela Schlieper and her husband Mark, of Rye; Linda Kovalik of Randolph; and Jeffrey Kovalik and his wife Marcia (Sullivan) of Newfields. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Alexandra and Tasha Kovalik, Korina and Kiley Schlieper, and Alexander and Katerina Kovalik. He is also survived by his brother Eli Kovalik of Somersworth, and his wife Patty, and nieces and nephews Thomas Kovalik, Jennifer Santamaria, Janice Corriveau and Dierdra Link. He was predeceased by his sister Jenny Corriveau.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 4 p.m. at in the Chapel of the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m., prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the Mount Washington Observatory or a charity of your choice. Online guestbook at



Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 18:56

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Reverend Roland O. Blais

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.
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Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 19:13

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Service held for Kenneth Perkins

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


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 18:40

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