Beatrice O. Welch

Beatrice O. Welch, 84, of Milan, NH passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, August 29, 2016.
She was born on December 8, 1931 in Berlin, NH, the daughter of Argenas and Anna (Roy) Croteau. She was a communicant of St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. She was employed with Brown Company for many years.
She is survived by her son, Richard Peloquin and wife Murielle Comeau-Peloquin of Nova Scotia, and two daughters, Gloria Sinibaldi and husband Joey of Milan and Denise Costello and husband Lance of Concord, NH, daughter-in-law Nancy Miller of Portland, Oregon and step-daughter Gail Welch and partner Trudi Richmond and step-son, Michael Welch and partner George Burr. She also leaves two sisters, Therese Fortier and Rolande Levesque of Berlin; sisters-in-law Doris Croteau, Therese Croteau and Lorraine Croteau of Berlin and brother-in-law, Luc Vachon of Florida. She leaves ten grandchildren, several great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents and husband Ralph Peloquin and husband Calvin Welch as well as four brothers, Josephat Croteau, Gerard Croteau, Rosario and Romeo Croteau; five sisters, Albertine Landry, Lorraine Vachon, Clarisse Labrecque, Simone Lavoie and Lucia Dupuis and step-son Andy Miller.
In accordance with her wishes, a private service will be held at a later date. Everyone who remembers her is asked to celebrate her life in their own way. In lieu of flowers, the family would hope that you will do an unexpected act of kindness for someone in her honor. Arrangements are entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Homes, Berlin & Gorham, NH. Messages of condolence may be left online at

Marguerite Rosalie Bagley LaFrance

CONCORD — Marguerite Rosalie Bagley LaFrance, 86, passed away suddenly from age-related causes on August 26, 2016.
Marguerite was born in Berlin, N.H. on August 5, 1930, to John Francis Bagley and Margaret Ann Hogan. She graduated from Berlin High School in 1948.
Marguerite met her husband, Leo Alec LaFrance, as a teenager, when he made twice weekly deliveries of ice to the Bagley home. Their friendship blossomed into love and they were married on June 16, 1950, at St. Kieran’s Catholic Church in Berlin. They lived in Berlin until 1963, when they moved to Laconia, where they remained more than 50 years. They recently moved to Granite Ledges Assisted Living Center in Concord.
Marguerite spent her life in service to her family-- both her siblings and her children. She dearly loved following the activities and accomplishments of her grandchildren and more recently of her great-grandchildren. Hosting family gatherings, for years at the family’s camp on Lake Winnisquam and later at their home on Lake Winnipesaukee , were a highlight of her legacy.Marguerite was also a volunteer in her parish church and school and in the community.She will be dearly missed by all of her family and many friends.
Marguerite is survived by her devoted husband of 66 years Leo LaFrance; four sons, David LaFrance and his wife, Jill of Purcellville, VA, Shawn LaFrance and his wife Rebecca Farver LaFrance of Concord NH, James LaFrance of Gilford, NH, and Thomas and his wife, Lynn LaFrance of Chicago, IL; ten grandchildren, Jane of Purcellville, VA, Matthew and his wife, Meghan of Erda, UT, John and his wife, Danielle of Conroe, TX, Ethan and Aidan of Concord, NH, Ryan, Joshua and Emily of Gilford, NH, and Christine and Stephen LaFrance of Boston, MA; and five great-grandchildren, Kaden, Kai , Nichole, Trey, and Luke LaFrance; sister-in-law Geraldine Bagley of New Gloucester, ME; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her brothers J. Leo Bagley and Carroll Bagley, and a sister, Mary Havey.
Marguerite and Leo were parishioners of St. Joseph’s Church in Laconia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andre Bessette Parish, St. Josephs Church, 30 Church St. Laconia NH, on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 10:30am.
Internment will immediately follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia.
In lieu of flowers a contribution can be made to Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice, 780 North Main street Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to

Paul R. Couture

Paul R. Couture, 65, of Berlin, passed away on August 26, 2016, at his home. He was born in Berlin, on July 1, 1951, the son of Maurice and Pierrette (Pinard) Couture and was a lifelong resident. Paul attended Berlin schools, graduating from Notre Dame High School with the class of 1969 and had also obtained an associate degree in drafting from the N.H. Vocational Technical College in Berlin. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by the local paper mill for many years. Paul was a member of the Ryan-Scammon Post 36 American Legion in Berlin. He enjoyed hiking and had climbed all of the four thousand footers in New England. He was an avid sports fan, where he enjoyed the Boston Bruins, the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Paul loved animals.

Members of the family include his daughter Michelle Keller and her husband Jonathan of Weymouth, Mass.; his son Mark Couture and his wife Andrea of Northville, Mich.; five grandchildren William, Anna, Ella, Brady and Paxton; his parents Maurice and Pierrette Couture of Berlin; his former wife Helen Couture of Milan; his siblings Ron Couture of Berlin, Carol Agee of Maroa, Ill., Denis Couture of Gorham and Deacon Mitch Couture of Berlin; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister Louise Couture.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 2, 2016, at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Avenue, Berlin on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, anyone who wishes may make a donation in his memory to and animal shelter of one’s choice or to the Good Shepherd Parish Memorial Fund. Messages of condolence may be left online at


Rev. Daniel John Sinibaldi

Rev. Daniel John Sinibaldi, 47, died Saturday, August 27, 2016, at the Hyder Family Hospice House in Dover, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Fr. Daniel was born in Berlin, on January 14, 1969, the son of Joseph John and Patricia Ann (Tilton) Sinibaldi and had been living Rochester serving as pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Rochester and St. Peter’s Church in Farmington. He was a graduate of Gorham High School class of 1987, of St. Anselm College class of 1991, of St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, M.D., class of 1996 and ordained a priest by Bishop Leo E. O’Neil on June 1, 1996, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. His first assignment was associate pastor at Our Lady of Mercy in Merrimack, his second assignment was Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Hampton, his third Assignment was administrator then pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Woodsville, and Saint Catherine Parish in Lisbon, and most recently pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Rochester, and St. Peter’s Church in Farmington.

Fr. Daniel enjoyed every aspect of being a Catholic Priest. He loved God, singing his praises, especially in the Holy Eucharist. He loved and is indebted to his fellow Priests. The ever-Virgin Mary played a key role in his spirituality. Fr. Daniel is deeply indebted to his mom, Patricia, and his recently deceased brother, Patrick who were there for him right to the end. He also praises the numerous Parishioners and people of God whose prayers, support and encouragement were unrivaled and unending. Lastly, he would like to mention that his dad died of complications from dialysis tied to diabetes in 1999. He is survived only by his mother Patricia and an aunt, Sr. Mary Antoinette Sinibaldi of Windham, (Warde Health Center) and many dear relatives who have visited or shown such love from their varied homes scattered throughout the Northeast and other regions of the Nation.

Remember God loves you, live that love and submit to God’s Holy Will!! His Will be done!! Keep a Holy Song on your lips!!

Rite of Reception of the Body will take place at St. Mary’s Church, 71 Lowell Street, Rochester, where Fr. Dan will lie in state, on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial with the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, presiding will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, 145 Lowell Street, Manchester, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, with Fr. Lying in state from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the mass.

Rite of Committal will be celebrated at Holy Family Cemetery in Gorham, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. For residence of Coos County who cannot attend the funeral rituals in Rochester or Manchester, you are invited to attend Evening Prayer for the repose of Fr. Daniels Soul on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Parish in Gorham, Fr. Kyle Stanton, Pastor presiding.

The Sinibaldi family wishes to thank Cornerstone VNA and Hospice and the Hyder House and Michael and Mary Conroy for their care and support during this difficult time. For those who wish, memorial donation may be made to Hyder Hospice House, c/o Riverside Rest Home, 276 County Farm Road, Dover, NH 03820. The H. J. Grondin & Son Funeral Home, 177 North Main Street, Rochester, has care of the arrangements.

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