Philip L. Rasys

Philip L. Rasys, 72, of Mesquite, Nev., and formerly of Berlin, passed away on June 29, 2016.

Mr. Rasys was born in Berlin on June 17, 1944, a son of the late George J. and Eunice (Hardie) Rasys. Philip lived in Berlin most of his life and was a graduate of Berlin High School. He served in the U.S. Navy for six years and was stationed on the USS Enterprise. After serving in the Navy, he returned to Berlin to work at the family restaurant and then as a truck driver for Walmart until his retirement. He moved to Nevada in the summer of 2011.

Phil is survived by two daughters; Shelley Hunt and her husband Donald of Panaca, Nev., and Echo Groves and her husband Steven of Virginia Beach, Va.; two brothers; Everett Rasys and George Rasys Jr.; two sisters; Isabel Sousa and Constance Rasys; five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Rita M. (Jutras) Rasys on February 15, 2016, and a brother John Rasys.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bryant Funeral Home in Berlin. Online guestbook at

Marcia Lee Pearson Hill

Marcia Lee Hill, who was 88, passed peacefully and was reunited with her lifetime love on July 4, after a brief illness. She was born February 11, 1928, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of John Lincoln Pearson and Helen Parker Pearson, and the descendant of a revolutionary who fought in the battle of Bunker Hill. She grew up in Chatham, N.J., and graduated with an Associates Degree in Nursing from Dean College in Franklin, Mass.

Summer sweethearts on Cape Cod, she married Lawson “Trap” Hill in November 18, 1950, and lived in Weston, Mass., with their two children, Brenda Lee Hill Yates and Lawson Bruce Hill. For decades they spent weekends and vacations at a small “camp” in Intervale, skiing and hiking. In 1979 they moved permanently to Jackson. The two were inseparable and traveled to Italy often for their shoe, hiking boot and early buckle ski boot business which also featured a catalog of “Marcia Hill Shoes” and occasionally, and embarrassingly recognized in the supermarket as the lady on the cover of their mail order catalog. They subsequently operated the “British Isles Collection” in Intervale, in the 1980s, and a Russian Imports catalog after a trip to Crimea in the 1990s. The two hiked the 4000 footers, were members of the AMC and Wildcat Ski club, traveled to Mount Everest base camp with IME, to Antarctica, Siberia, and to Europe. Marcia was also active in the Mountain Garden Club, as volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Gibson Center, and as a volunteer greeter at Memorial Hospital. She was also an active member of the Jackson N.H. Community Church and the Brown Church in Conway. Marcia was predeceased by her sister Joan Nelson of Portland, Ore.

She will be dearly missed by her children and spouses: Bruce and Victoria Hill of Gorham, Brenda and Robert Yates of Sutton, Mass.; five grandchildren: Robert Traphagen Yates of New York, Andrew Parker Yates of Buffalo, N.Y., Alexandra Hill Ainsworth of Hartland, Maine, Lawson Andrew Hill of Oakland, Calif., and Jenna Emilie Hill of Gorham; and three great grandchildren William Kalle Ainsworth, Lachlan Bruce Ainsworth, and Eva Ruth Ainsworth of Hartland, Maine.

There will be a family graveside service. Gifts in her memory may be sent to the Brown Church Food Pantry, PO Box 333, Conway N.H. 03818, care of Rev Dr. Martell Spagnolo.


Rene George Robichaud

Rene George Robichaud, 73, of Lakeland, Fla., passed away July 5, 2016, at his home. He was born in Berlin, to parents Albert and Felanise Robichaud.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, and his daughter Tina. Left to treasure his memory are his wife of 54 years Laurette (Perrault); daughter Kristine and her husband Bill; grandchildren Jessica, Jamie Shawn, Joseph, Hunter, Nicolas; great-grandchildren Colten, Julianna, Yolanda, Danica and Cloey.

A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice, 3450 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, F.L. 33805.

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Service held for Theresa M. Brannen

Funeral Services for Theresa M. Brannen, 86, of Berlin, were held on July 1, 2016, at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish, following prayers at the Bryant Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Reverend Michael Sartori. The pall and crucifix were placed by her daughter Judy Brannen and grandson Thomas Castellucci, the readings were done by her niece Nancy Brannen and her grandson Jonathan Castellucci and the gifts were presented by her grandchildren Joseph and Theresa Castellucci. Words of Remembrance, that her daughter Jane Brannen had written, were read by Father Michael. Interment was in the Holy Family Cemetery where Father Michael read the committal prayers. The pall bearers were Timothy Brannen, Jonathan Castellucci, John Croteau, Eugene Boucher, Gus Gagne and Timothy Beaulac. Many relatives and friends attended the service.