Barbara (Akers) Barnett

Barbara (Akers) Barnett, 98, of Gorham, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at the Maine Medical Center in Portland. She was born in Errol, on May 26, 1917 the daughter of Charles and Estella (Mills) Akers and lived most of her life there. She moved to Gorham after her husband’s death to be near her family. She owned and operated the Errol General Store for many years. She had also worked in the Errol Post Office, been the Town Treasurer in Errol and had served on the Errol school board. Barbara assisted with the writing the book, The Book on the Errol Town History.

Florence M. (Mayo) Vashaw

Florence M. (Mayo) Vashaw, 85, of Berlin passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital. She was born in Berlin on January 26, 1930 the daughter of the late Roland W. and Antoinette M. (Berube) Mayo and was a lifelong resident of the area. She was a member of T.O.P.S. Club for over 38 years and was a member of the Northern Valley Church of Christ in Lancaster. She loved spending time her family playing skip bo and also loved giving triple hugs. She will be dearly missed.

Joseph V. Desmarais

Joseph V. Desmarais, Sr., 82, of Gorham and formerly of Dummer, passed away on January 12, 2016 at the Country Village Nursing Home. He was born in Fall River, Mass. on December 30, 1933 the son of Andre A. and Ellen (Lyons) Desmarais and was raised there. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict on the USS Fessenden and upon discharge, returned to Fall River where he married and spent 20 years as a lineman for Fall River Electric. In 1973, he followed his dream to run a dairy farm and moved to Norton, Vt. When he left the farm, he followed his passion to re-enter line work and he worked for over 40 years for several utility contractors. He had resided in Dummer from 1979 to 2013 when he moved to Gorham. Joe’s hobbies were woodworking, traveling and enjoying boating on Lake Umbagog with his family. Above all, he cherished his ten children and the time spent with them.

Family includes his wife of 63 years Lorraine T. (Cote) Desmarais, the love of his life and together they raised their ten children; his children Joann Desmarais and husband Joe Gochie of Colebrook, Susan Marino and husband Joseph of Milan, Patricia LeSage and husband Mitch of Berkley, Mass., William Desmarais and fiancée Angela Johnson of Milan, Peggy Bisson and husband Jimmy of Milan, Andre Desmarais and Tina Bruns of Milan, John Desmarais and wife Jaclyn of Milan, Melissa Desmarais and fiancée Kevin Couture of Berlin and Ann Marie Desmarais and fiancée Shawn Laflamme of Concord, Vt.; 24 grandchildren; great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sister Jean Quigley and husband Dave of Rehoboth, Mass.; niece, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a son Joseph V. Demarais, Jr., grandchildren Kevin Rougeau and Jason Cambra and a great grandchild Tanner.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Interment will be in the St. Kieran Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin on Thursday, January 21 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Online guestbook at

Jean L. Bean

Jean L. Bean, 90, of Bath, Maine passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016 at the Hill House Nursing Home. She was born in Natick, Mass. on January 16, 1925 the daughter of Walter and Lina (Hemenway) Readio and moved to Errol for the ninth grade, where she was a longtime resident. She graduated from Berlin High School, UNH and Boston University and was the music teacher in Errol, Gorham and Milan. Jean was an avid quilter, like traveling to see her children and family, was an avid singer who sang in the Concord Chorale, was active in the Errol Congregational Church in her younger years and she still thought of Errol as her home.

Family includes her sons Scott R. Bean and wife Susan of Boothbay Harbor, Maine and Rand W. Bean and wife Angela of Deerfield; daughter Kimberly Bean Gogan and husband Mathew of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren Will Bean, Jessie Bean, Rachel Gogan, Dale Robert Gogan and Jacob Gogan; brother Stuart M. Readio of Bow; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Robert Bean.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Errol Congregational Church. Interment will be in the Errol Village Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Hill House Activities Fund, 166 Whiskeag Rd., Bath, ME 04530Online guestbook at