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Hildegard L. Mercier

Hildegard L. Mercier, 82, of 7 Countryside Avenue, Berlin, passed away at her home on Tuesday evening August 12, 2014. She was born in Frankfort, Germany on January 25, 1932 the daughter of Arthur and Anna Lehn and came to the United States 63 years ago. Hildegard has lived in Berlin for 40 years. She was employed for over 35 years at the Berlin Catholic School West and also volunteered at the Senior Center in Berlin. Most of all, she enjoyed teaching. She loved her grandchildren and traveling with them.

Members of the family include her sons Jerry Rodger of Berlin and James A. Rodger and his wife Jana of Allenstown; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours or services. Arrangements are by the Bryant Funeral Homes, Berlin and Gorham. Online guestbook at


Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 18:44

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William E. Amero

William E. Amero, 82, passed away at his home on Monday morning, August 11, 2014. He was born in Berlin on October 18, 1931, a son of William and Josephine (Robidas) Amero and was a lifelong resident. William served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as an Oiler for Brown Co. and James River Corp and was a member of St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish and White Mountain Post 2520 V.F.W. For over 50 years he and his family enjoyed camping at Nay Pond. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was known for his great sense of humor, always joking and making people smile.

He is survived by his wife Lorraine P. (Lemieux) Amero of Berlin, three children, Nancy Bouchard and her husband Dennis of Raymond, Michael Amero and his wife Diane of Franklin, and Sandra Villeneuve and her husband Timothy of Berlin, nine grandchildren Matthew, Mark, Timmy, Katie, Whitney, David, Brandon, Cody and Melanie; four great grandchildren Aubrey, Charlotte, Dominic and Jace; a brother Raymond Amero of Berlin, a sister, Dorothy Jensen of Berlin, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two sisters Pauline Washburn and Shirley Aikens and two brothers Richard Amero and Donald Amero.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday August 16, 2014 at 1 p.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. There will be no calling hours. Those attending the service are asked to meet directly at the church for the mass. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements are by the Bryant Funeral Homes, Berlin and Gorham. Online guestbook at



Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 18:42

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William John Costello

William John Costello, 64, passed away on Sunday August 10, 2014 at the Veterans Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt. He was born in Berlin, on December 20, 1949, a son of Lawrence Costello and Therese (Murphy) Mayo. He served in the U.S. Army and traveled the United States and Europe, returning to the North Country many years ago. William was a self-employed mechanic and enjoyed working on motorcycles.

Family members include two sisters, Susan Costello and her husband Alain of Berlin, and Melody Smelser and her husband Jerry of Lafontaine, Ind.; grandchildren Brandon Costello, Doug Costello, Steven Daniels and Deanna Tucker; his former wife Jutta Watkins of Granite City, Ill.; an aunt, Mary Thompson of Venore, Tenn.; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence, Therese and Buster Mayo, his children David Costello and Jane Daniels, a brother Michael Costello and a sister Katherine Paradis Donaldson.

A graveside service with military honors will be held Monday August 18, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Holy Family Cemetery in Gorham. Donations may be made in his memory to the VA Hospice, c/o VA Hospital, 215 N. Main St., White River Jct., V.T. 05009. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bryant Funeral Home, Berlin-Gorham. Online guest book at



Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 18:41

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Irene M. Vaillancourt

Irene M. Vaillancourt, a longtime resident of Riverside Drive passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning August 10, 2014 at Androscoggin Valley Hospital. She was 93.

Born on June 22, 1921 in Cascade, she was the daughter of John and Boleslawa (Palowski) Malasky.

Irene grew up in Cascade and attended Gorham High School.

On August 31, 1952, she married Lionel E. Vaillancourt. They enjoyed 51 years of marriage until his passing on Nov 11, 2003. Together, they raised four sons and a daughter.

Irene was formerly employed in the storeroom at Brown Company and was a member of Local 75.

She was a communicant of St. Kieran's Parish in Berlin now St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish.

Irene was an avid gardener. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and quilting.
She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

Besides her husband, she is pre-deceased by brothers, Chester, Clem, Charles and Alex Malasky and sisters Sally Knighton, Rudja Blanchette, and Millie Merrow.

She leaves her children Gail Fried and husband Richard of Upper Saddle River, N.J., Gary Vaillancourt and wife Linda of Berlin, Denis Vaillancourt and wife Andrea of Keene, Mark Vaillancourt of Pueblo, Colo., and Brian Vaillancourt and wife June of Windham.

Nine grandchildren Jamie Dennison, Daniel Fried, Calvin, Shaun, Jacob, Ashley, Brook, Alexandria, and Isabella Vaillancourt.

A sister Sophie Riendeau of Cascade. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 16 at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Church in Berlin. Burial will follow at St. Kieran's Cemetery in Berlin.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday August 15 at Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin, N.H.


Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 17:19

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