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Mildred L. Hayes

Mildred L. Hayes (nee James), age 85, went home to be with the Lord on October 15, 2014 after being a resident of St Vincent de Paul Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Berlin, since August 2013. She was born June 17, 1929 in Presque Isle, Maine, the daughter of Cyrus and Hazel James. She grew up and was educated in Presque Isle. She married Richard Hayes of Shelburne on September 6, 1948. Together they raised five children, living the majority of their life in Shelburne.

Mildred is survived by her husband Richard, daughter Wanda Smith of Punta Gorda, Fla., son Timothy Hayes and wife Tina of Shelburne, daughter Patrice Becker and husband Michael of Westbrook, Maine, son James Hayes and wife Cheryl of Laconia, and daughter Heidi Walker and husband Thomas of Weare; eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Mildred is also survived by her sister Jean Brown and husband Bernard of Fort Fairfield, Maine. She was predeceased by an infant son, her sister Irene McLaughlin, brother Lawrence James and son-in-law Bernard Smith.

Calling hours will be held at Bryant Funeral Home, 1 Promenade, Gorham, on October 17, 2014 from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral will be Saturday October 18, 2014 at 10 a.m., also at Bryant Funeral Home, Gorham. Interment will follow at the Peabody Cemetery, North Road, Shelburne. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Alzheimer's Foundation of America or the First Baptist Church in Berlin. Online guestbook at


Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 21:14

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Eugene (Gene) Lee McKenzie

Eugene (Gene) Lee McKenzie was born in Berlin on August 12, 1949 and passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on October 9, 2014 after a long illness. Gene was a resident of Berlin until 1987 when he relocated to St. Cloud, Fla.

Gene was employed by the City of St. Cloud for over 20 years as a Heavy Equipment Operator and in recent years as a Line Technician. Gene was a people person. He loved a good party with friends and family or just a social gathering. Many laughs were shared due to his love of music, dancing and antics.

Although he was not known as being the leader he certainly loved being the follower and at times the center of attention. Gene was a kind hearted, gentle and loving person. He loved life and his family and will be sadly missed.

He leaves behind Louise (DeChamplain) McKenzie his wife of 39 years and two sons, Brandon, 38 and Travis McKenzie, 34 also from St. Cloud, Fla. He also leaves behind his mother Beth McKenzie of Milan, brother Andrew McKenzie, Jr. of Berlin, sister Tina Hayes and husband Tim of Shelburne, brother Rick McKenzie and wife Gisele of Berlin, sister Lindy Mann and husband Steve of Concord, sister Caroleen Dudley and husband Steve of Oquossoc, Maine, brother Tim McKenzie and wife Joy of Chapel Hill, N.C., sister Kim McKenzie of Somersworth, sister-in-law Diane Phillips and husband Scott of St. Cloud, Fla., sister-in-law Denise Wheeler of Berlin and many nieces and nephews. Gene is predeceased by his father Andrew McKenzie, Sr. and sister Ilene Kollar.

Gene will be sorely missed but forever in our hearts. A memorial service will be held on October 27, 2014 at Mount Peace Cemetery in St. Cloud, Fla. A private celebration of life will be held at the home of his brother Rick during the summer of 2015.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 19:48

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Allan L. Sanschagrin

Allan L. Sanschagrin, a resident of Mobile, Ala. for five years died suddenly of a heart attack on September 26, 2014.
Allan was born on February 9, 1979 in Plymouth, Mass. and spent his boyhood in Derry, where he was active in the Cub and Boy Scouts. He was a graduate of Pinkerton Academy class of 1997.
He is survived by his mother Frances Sanschagrin and step-father Joseph Beaulieu of Beverly Hills, Fla., father Peter Sanschagrin and step-mother Theresa of Burlington Vt., brother Paul, sister-in-law Suzanne and nephew Kyle of Fanwood N.J.
In addition to his immediate family he'll be especially missed by his paternal aunts and uncles; Robert and Denise Sanschagrin, Berlin, Lucy and Ken Gordon, Littleton, Carol and Michael Roy, Berlin, Daniel and Connie Sanschagrin, Morgantown, W. Va., and maternal aunts and uncles: Patricia Hampson, Manchester Conn., John and Laura Drake, Amherst, Mass., Paul and Debra Drake, Newport, R.I.
Allan was loved dearly and predeceased by paternal grandparents Paul and Pauline Sanschagrin and Aunt Jeannette, and his maternal grandparents Charles and Eileen Drake.
Allan had a loving and warm personality and especially liked family gatherings with his many cousins. Among his passions were photography, poetry, video games, Disney World and his IT work.
A celebration of Allan's life is planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, October 25, 2014 at St. Catherine of Siena in Shelburne Vt., as well as in Florida at a later time.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 19:37

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Edward Laurier Lessard

Edward Laurier Lessard, 77, of Berlin, and Wildwood, Fla. passed away on October 9, 2014 at his residence in Wildwood, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Lessard was born on October 27, 1936 in Berlin, the son of Wilfred and Bertha Lessard. He attended St. Joseph School and was a graduate of Notre Dame High School with the class of 1954. He worked at Morneau Movers for 20 years while working at Crown Vantage Corporation and retired after 42 years in 1996. For the past 17 years he and his wife have spent six months of the year in New Hampshire and six months in Florida. He was a member of Good Shepherd Parish in Berlin, and St. Vincent de Paul in Wildwood, Fla. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for 56 years and played hockey for the Berlin Maroons from 1955 to 1963 and was also an avid golfer and was competitive in various sports especially pool, horseshoes and cards. He enjoyed time with family and loved teaching and playing patiently with his grandchildren and was known to sing at many family gatherings and other outings. He will be remembered for his genuine demeanor and easy going character.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 58 years Louise Yevette Groleau-Lessard of Berlin, and Wildwood, Fla.; two daughters: Diane Elder of Wildwood, Fla. and Lise Rivard and husband Mark of Gorham; three sons: Leo Lessard and wife Meg of Southlake, Texas, Rene Lessard of Chesapeake, Va. and Mark Lessard and companion Karin Karlsen of Sackets Harbor, N.Y.; seven grandchildren: Lisa Dodson, Jay Michaud, Amy Michaud, Ginny Davilla, Kellan Lessard, Josh Rivard and Hanna Rivard; one great granddaughter: Isabella Rae Hartman; siblings Aime Lessard of St. Petersburg, Fla., Normand Lessard of Naples, Fla., Pauline Lemire of Saco, Maine, Olive Caron and husband Lionel of Berlin, Lucille Lessard of Berlin, and Gerard Lessard of Hooksett; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother Robert Lessard and a sister Jeannette Lemire and a daughter-in-law Sharon Lessard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday morning October 25, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish, Berlin. Interment will follow in St. Kieran Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Avenue, Berlin on Friday evening Oct. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cornerstone Hospice Care of The Villages Hospice House,, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, F.L. 32778-9983 in Edward's memory. Online guest book at



Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 14:07

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