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Jeannette Chevarie

Jeannette Chevarie passed away Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Coos Country Nursing Home Berlin. She was 93.

She was born on February 25, 1921 in Berlin.

In 1937 Jeannette was married to Joseph Chevarie and together they raised a daughter.

In earlier years, Jeannette worked at Granite State Shoes on the shoe assembly line.

She was a communicant of Holy Family Church and a member of the Women's Auxiliary.

She enjoyed traveling, especially to California. She also enjoyed playing the slot machines at the Casino and playing Bingo.

Jeannette was a kind soul and touched many lives through her work with the elderly at the Senior Center.

She is pre-deceased by her husband Joseph, her brother Albert and her sisters Cecile, Laura, Marie and Jenn.

She leaves behind her daughter Chev Chevarie of Santa Maria, Calif. Several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. Burial will be held on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Mt Calvary Cemetery.

The family would like to thank all her "extended family" at Coos County Nursing Home for all the wonderful years she spent with them. They were truly her angles.

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

Online guestbook at


Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 16:49

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Leon Gerard Dupuis

GROVETON--Leon Gerard Dupuis, 89, formerly of 26 Main Street, died at Riverside Rest Home in Dover, on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from kidney disease. Fortunately he experienced no pain from the disease. His loving wife, Milanie Dupuis predeceased him in March 2012. They were married for 61 years. Born and raised in Berlin, his parents Philias and Leona Dupuis of Groveton predeceased Leon. He was born on December 21, 1924 in Berlin.

During his early life, he was an avid summer and winter outdoor enthusiast, athlete and sportsman. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 to fight in World War II. After marriage, he and his wife settled in Groveton where he continued working at the Groveton mill. They brought up five children in Groveton. They were active members of the St. Francis Xavier Church and active in community school activities.

About 50 years ago, he was one of the principal organizers of the St. Francis Annual Penny Sale and served as the Master of Ceremony for the first few years of the event. He played ball on the Groveton softball league, was an active outdoor enthusiast; and frequently enjoyed hunting and trout and salmon fishing in Canada, Alaska and in the United States with his sons and friends.

He especially enjoyed frequent rounds of golf with his sons and grandchildren, and held various golf memberships at Waumbek, Mountain View Resort and Bethlehem where he played in various membership events for seniors until he was in his early 80s. After serving in the paper industry for over 45 years, he retired from James River Corporation in December 1988 from a leadership position. He was well known for his calm demeanor, great senses for respect and humor, love of family and life, and bringing out the positive aspects of any challenge.

His greatest passions in life were traveling with his wife and family, and being with family as much as possible. He enjoyed attending all activities that his children and grandchildren participated in; always making an effort to be there in support of their endeavors.

After the passing of his beloved wife, he resided with his son James and his wife Diane at their home in Barrington, for over a year where he was able to continue the frequent interactions and special events with family. His daughter, Nancy, provided care during this time. In June 2013 he became a resident of the Riverside Rest Home where he received exceptional care and became known for sharing his exceptionally positive attitude about life with others from the home. Over the years and until the week prior to his passing, he frequently enjoyed playing his favorite game of cribbage and 500.

Surviving him are his son James and his wife Diane of Barrington, son Daniel Leon and his wife Wanda of Ocean City, Md., daughter Nancy and her husband Gilbert Major of Andover, Mass., son Gary and his wife Elena of Amherst, Mass., and son Peter and his wife Julie of Milford; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. His brothers Ernest, Albert, Lionel and Norman, and sister Arlene predeceased him.

Visiting hours will be held at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster, on Friday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. Reverend Daniel Deveau, pastor, will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. Donations can be made to the St Francis Xavier Church, State Street, Groveton, N.H. 03582; National Kidney Foundation; or Dementia organizations.

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


Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 13:41

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Louise Mary (Villeneuve) Dupuis


BERLIN--Louise Mary (Villeneuve) Dupuis died peacefully at Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin, on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at the age of 64 after a long battle with multiple health issues including Diabetes, Kidney Cancer, and Multiple Sclerosis.

Louise was born on October 19, 1949 in Berlin, to Norman J. Villeneuve and Cecile M. (Bourbeau) Villeneuve, she was their only child. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1968 and went into the Army, married Lawrence C. Butkiewicz and had two children; lived in Germany, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Connecticut. She and her children returned to Berlin in 1980 after her divorce where Louise had been a resident ever since. In 1986, she married Maurice P. Dupuis; he was the love of her life.

Louise is survived by her mother, Cecile M. Villeneuve, also a resident of Coos County Nursing Home; her daughter Michelle (Butkiewicz) Pimentel of Berlin; her only grandchild, Brianna Butkiewicz (Michelle’s daughter) of Andover; her son, Sean Butkiewicz of Berlin; cousins Elaine Borowski and her husband Frank of Gorham; Maurice Tellier of Gorham, Rejeanne and her husband Norris “Web” Ridgeway of South Carolina; Louis Chouinard of Littleton, Linda Belanger and her husband of Berlin as well as many other cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her Father, Norman J. Villeneuve on December 16, 1997 and her husband Maurice P. Dupuis on September 1, 2007.

Louise was an amazing cook and baker. She had a cake decorating business from the early 80’s to the late 90’s making thousands of cakes for everything from baptisms to weddings. If you were lucky enough to receive a cake made by Louise, then you were blessed. Louise was approached in 1985 by the then NH Community Technical College to teach a cake decorating class though she had never had any formal training herself. Louise also enjoyed doing silk floral arrangements and even made several for the Chamber of Commerce TV Auctions in the early 2000’s.

While living in Germany in the 70’s, Louise was employed at the then largest commissary in Germany as the head of Stock Control and Accounting. Louise worked as the Office Manager at J.J. Nissen at their Glen Avenue location where she greeted all of her customers like old friends; she also worked in the Credit Department at Top Furniture until an injury in February of 1989 forced her to retire. Louise was a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary for many years and also played in many cribbage tournaments at the VFW.

Louise’s home was always open to her family and friends throughout the year and especially at the holidays. She loved Christmas and for many years before she got really sick, would hold a Holiday Open House for family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. She knew how to throw a party and how to feed people. If you knew Louise you knew that she was an angel here on earth and is now in Heaven watching over all of us and raining her love down on us. Louise leaves behind a legacy of love and generosity.

Calling hours will be held from 2-4pm & 7-9pm Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Fleury Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin. A funeral service will be held at 10am Friday, October 3, 2014 in the parlor of Fleury Patry Funeral Home. Burial will be at Mt Calvary Cemetery, Berlin. Online guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made in Louise’s name to Granite United Way – Northern Region, Coos County Nursing Home – specifically their activities department, Louise loved participating in the activities there, or to one of the local food pantries. Condolences can be sent to {URL}. The family would like to thank the staff at Coos County Nursing Home, North Woods Home Health & Hospice and Androscoggin Valley Hospital for the care that Louise received while being cared for and for the love that they showed to Louise. Staff at all three places were loved in return by Louise and her family.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 21:44

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Service held for Simone I. Torro

Funeral services for Simone I. Torro, 84, of Berlin, who passed away on September 5, 2014 were held on Friday morning September 12, 2014 at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish, following prayers at the Bryant Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Reverend Andrew Nelson. The pall was placed by her husband Albert Torro and her children Steve Torro, Susan Demars and Gisele Scully. The first reading was done by Dee Torro and the second reading by Amy Torro. The gifts were presented by her four grandchildren Tyler Demars, Maura Sullivan, Brittany Simone Torro and Alexis Lucia. The pall bearers were Steve Torro, Chris Sullivan, Tyler Demars, Ben Perrault, Richard Perreault and Dick L'Heureux. Interment followed in St. Kieran Cemetery, with Father Nelson reading the committal prayers. To end the service at the cemetery, roses were placed on the casket, followed by a personal message from her granddaughter Brittany Simone Torro, supported by her sister Alexis Lucia. A luncheon was well attended by family and friends at the Northland Restaurant and Dairy Bar following the services. Many relatives and friends attended from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 21:08

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