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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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Cecile R. Dubois

LANCASTER - Cecile Renaud Dubois was born April 9, 1919 in Berlin, NH and passed away on October 12, 2014. She was the last living sibling of Mary (Taylor) and Edouard Renaud. Together, they had nine children. Cecile was educated at St. Regis School in Berlin, and attended high school in Granby, Quebec . She was soon asked to return to her home in Berlin to help her sister, Yvette, with beautician work.

She married Normand Dubois on July 4, 1940, and together they worked as dry cleaners and clothiers until the early 1950's in Lancaster, NH. Normand used to boast that Cecile could iron 50 pair of pants in one day. Their mode of transportation was a bicycle built for two. They had such fun riding their bike throughout Lancaster, and were quickly loved by the community. In 1947, they had the Dubois block built, and began Dubois Cleaners and Clothiers.

In 1953, they founded Santa's Village in Jefferson. They managed and grew the theme park for decades. She inspired many Helpers by her love and dedication. The importance of providing JOY to the guests who visited the park was on top of her list! After Normand's death in 1986, Cecile lovingly continued to work there until her late 80's.

She was a wonderful cook, and loving matriarch to her family. She traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida during the winter months, and had wonderful friends who helped her live there on her own. Recently, she moved from her home to the Morrison Nursing Home in Whitefield, NH. She loved living there, and was loved by all who knew her.

She was a devoted communicant of the Gate of Heaven Parish, and a long time member of the Tabernacle Society. Her deep faith guided and sustained her throughout her life.

Cecile is also predeceased by their son, Paul, who passed away in 1990. He had three children with wife Margaret (Hanlon): Nicole Albert of Fryeburg, Maine, Ryan Dubois of Middletown Springs, VT, and Bridget Hilarides, of Chatham, NH. She is survived by two daughters: Elaine and Mike Gainer, and Norma and John Ahern both of Lancaster. Grandchildren include: Susan Gainer of Seattle, WA, Melanie Staley of Lancaster and Christian Gainer of Monson, MA. Meghan Ahern of Cranston, RI, Allison, Andrea and John Paul Ahern all of Lancaster. She is also survived by eleven great grandchildren, and many close nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held from 5p.m. to 8p.m. Friday, October 17 at the Bailey Funeral Home in Lancaster. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 18 at 10a.m. at All Saint's Church, Lancaster. Reverend Matthew Mason, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lancaster.

Donations of remembrance in lieu of flowers may be made to The Morrison Nursing Home, 6 Terrace Street in Whitefield, NH 03598 or The Gate of Heaven Tabernacle Society, Main St., Lancaster, NH 03584.

Please go to for more information or to send an online condolence.


Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 17:35

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Service held for Richard A. Gagne

Funeral services for Richard A. Gagne, 82, of Berlin, were held on October 9, 2014 at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish, following prayers at the Bryant Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Reverend Kyle Stanton. Interment was in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Milan, where Father Kyle read the committal prayers. The pall bearers were Ryan Gagne, Annie Gagne, Jeremy Gagne, Brandon Gagne, Joseph Gagne and Ben Gagne. Many relatives and friends attended the service.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 16:00

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