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Jacqueline E. Gagnon

Jacqueline E. Gagnon, 82, of Gorham, passed away at her home on Thursday evening April 3, 2014. She was born in Berlin on November 9, 1931, the daughter of Wallace and Mildred (Champoux) Lapointe. She was a lifelong resident of the Berlin – Gorham area. Jacqueline worked at the Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin for many years as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Prior to that she was employed by, St. Louis Hospital. She was a member of Holy Family Church in Gorham. Jacqueline was devoted to her nursing career and enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

Family members include her four sons James Gagnon and his wife Sharon of Uncasville, Conn., Bruce Gagnon and his wife Corrine of Pomfret, Md., Tom Gagnon and his friend Kathy Edmiston of Lumberton, N.C. and Peter Gagnon and his partner, Mark Russell of Pineville, N.C., four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, three sisters, Carol Villeneuve of Berlin, Shirley Woodford of Gorham and Sandra Sarno of Saugus, Mass. many nieces, nephews, including one special great nephew Nick Roy. She was predeceased by her son Kenneth Gagnon, one sister, Nancy Lapointe and three brothers, Robert, Donald and Maurice Lapointe.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 25 at 1 p.m. at Holy Family Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bryant Funeral Home, Berlin. On line guestbook at

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Service held for Paul B. Belanger

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Paul B Belanger, of Berlin, on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at St Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish with Father Kyle Stanton as Celebrant and assisted by Mitch Couture. The Cantor was Emily Stiles accompanied by Sue Ramsey as organist. The Altar Servers were Annie Pelletier and Jean Poirier.
The Pall and cross were placed by his sister Lynda Crête. Serving as readers were his cousin Helene Tanguay and family friend Lucille Michaud.
Internment followed the services at St. Kieran Cemetery, Berlin. Serving as Pallbearers were his brother Peter Belanger, brother-in-law Réal Crête, cousins Gaëtan and Ghyslain Gaudreault, Bruce Belanger and unified partner Jan Ikler.
There were friends and family members that attended the service from in and out of town.
Arrangements were under the care of Fleury-Patry Funeral Homes of Berlin
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Mildred Chaloux

The chimes from heaven rang calling Mildred Elizabeth "Millie" Chaloux, a longtime resident of Champlain Street, to heaven on Tuesday April 1, 2014 at Androscoggin Valley Hospital following a brief illness.

Born on March 7, 1940 in Bethel, Maine, she was the daughter of Leslie and Shirley Elizabeth (Merrill) Bates.
Millie grew up and was educated in Bethel, and was a graduate of Gould's Academy.

On December 20, 1958, she married Norman H. Chaloux.

Shortly after high school, she attended a bakery school in Niagara Falls, N.Y. which laid a foundation for her accomplished baking career. She was known for her cheesy breads and meat pies. Over the years, she was employed at various bakeries/stores and was the bakery/deli manager at the IGA Foodliner in Berlin, for many years. She was awarded "Baker of the Year" from Prescott Farms.

Her past times included playing bingo and traveling to places such as Old Orchard Beach, taking cruises, trips to California and Napa Valley/Wine Country, and Hawaii. She was often lucky and enjoyed gambling at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. She also did seamstress work making clothing and knitting for family and grandchildren. Popcorn with extra butter was her favorite snack.

She leaves her husband of 55 years Norman Chaloux of Berlin, her children Darlene Miller and her husband Mark of Laconia, Wayne Chaloux and his wife Molly of Gonic, Timothy Chaloux of Rochester, and Patricia Derosier and her husband Duane of Danbury, three brothers Leslie Bates of Turner Falls, Maine, Robert Bates of Rumford, Maine, and Michael Bates of Lewiston, Maine; 11 grandchildren, Eric Perry, Christopher Perry, Krystal Miller, Marcie Miller, Sarah Chaloux, Marina Chaloux, Sean Chaloux, Sherri Croteau, Alayna Coates, Nadine Coates, Skylor Miller, and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her Life will be held for her family and friends privately.

Arrangements are by Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin.

Online guestbook at

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George Lemire

George "Pete" Lemire, former State Representative, passed away, Sunday, March 30. He was 84 years old. George married the love of his life, Stella (Bergeron) in 1951. They were together for 63 years, and proudly enjoyed their large, beautiful family of seven children, 23 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Mr. Lemire was a State Representative for Berlin's Ward 3 for 22 years. George also worked for James River Corporation before retiring in 1990 after 42 years of service. There, he worked on Paper Machine No.4 as a machine tender. He gained the respect of co-workers and management for his skill and understanding of paper making, and he negotiated many contracts on behalf of his co-workers as a member of the AFL-CIO. Along with all these duties, George "Pete" was also a Staff Sergeant in the N.H. National Guard.

George played bugle in the Joliette Drum Corps in his younger days and continued to love and live life to the fullest. George and Stella built their own home in Berlin where family and friends enjoyed countless gatherings. They spent winters at their Florida home once they were empty nesters, and George continued to be a proud Pepere who delighted in all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. George couldn't sit still, even in retirement, and continued to work part-time as a guard for Wackenhut Security in Tampa, Fla. One of his favorite assignments was security guard for the Florida State Fair.

George had many interests including watching hockey with his wife, playing card games with family, and playing pool with his buddies at the Eagles Club in Berlin or with his friends at the neighborhood clubhouse in Florida. Most especially, however, George was an avid golfer both in Berlin and in Florida. He enjoyed and raved about many rounds of golf with his sons and good friend, Ron Kimball.

George will be remembered fondly by his adoring wife Stella of Berlin; daughter Louise and Alain Fortier of Midlothian, Va.; son Paul and Mary of Lyndeborough; son Robert and Judith of Concord; son Charles and Kristine of Gibsonton, Fla.; daughter Rachel Nadeau of Berlin; daughter Sylvia and Brian Rasmussen of Berlin; daughter Bernadette and Howard Hrdlicka of Riverside, R.I.; sister Theresa Riendeau of Berlin; brother Richard Lemire and Stella of Englewood, Fla. George also leaves behind his loving grandchildren and great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

George was pre-deceased by his parents Adelard and Alice (Lauze) Lemire, his brothers Albert Lemire, Gerard Lemire, Henry Lemire, and Donald Lemire; his sisters Aline (Lemire) Boucher, Rita (Lemire) Girard, and Jeanne Lemire; and his grandson Peter Lemire.

Mr. Lemire was a communicant of St. Anne's Church, now Good Shepherd Parish Church, Berlin. Family and friends may pay their respects from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 at Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Avenue, Berlin. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, April 9 at 10 a.m. at Good Shepherd Parish followed by interment at Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society in memory of George Lemire. Online guestbook at



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