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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.


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Esther G. Legace

Esther G. Legace, 85, passed away Saturday afternoon August 9, 2014, at the Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin. She was born in Berlin on December 30, 1928 the daughter of the late Fred and Doris (Wyman) Wilson and resided in the Berlin - Milan area all her life.

Esther was employed by Brown Company, James River Corp. and Crown Vantage, retiring in 1993. She also owned and operated Esther's Ceramics with her husband George for 19 years. She loved spending time at her camp at South Pond and was a member of St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Family members include her daughter Cindi Legassie and husband George of Milan and by her son David Legace of Littleton, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband George and her brother Fred Wilson Jr.

A funeral service will be held at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin, on Wednesday afternoon August 13, 2014 at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Milan. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in her memory to the Coos County Nursing Home, Cates Hill Road, Berlin, N.H. or to A.V Home Care, 795 Main St., Berlin, N.H. Online guestbook at



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Eleanor P. Haweeli

Eleanor Powers Haweeli, a resident of Edgewood Center Nursing Home in Portsmouth, passed away of natural causes on August 8, 2014. She was 95.

Eleanor was born October 5, 1918 in Berlin, to Howard and Louise (Davies) Powers. She graduated from Berlin High School in 1935. From the time she was in third grade, she wanted to become a teacher. Due to her father's death in 1930 and the Depression, her college education was interrupted several times as she did secretarial work to earn money for college expenses. Eleanor attended Plymouth Normal School, Plymouth, the University of New Hampshire and received her B.S. degree in Business Education from Boston University, Boston, Mass. in 1948.

Between Plymouth and UNH, she worked for three years at Brown Paper & Pulp Company in Berlin. In 1941 she relocated to Lancaster, P.A. where she became office manager for the Oklahoma Contracting Co. under contract to the War Emergency Pipeline, which helped transport crude oil from the Texas oil fields to refining and distribution areas near New York City and Philadelphia. The lines were a major part of the U.S. war effort and represented a significant achievement in pipeline technology in terms of sheer size and scope.

When the pipeline was completed, she received an emergency certificate to teach secretarial courses at Berlin High School. When the war ended and Norman Haweeli returned from serving overseas in the U.S. Marine Corp, they were married on July 20, 1946 at Christ Church Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Mass.

Besides teaching at Berlin High School, Eleanor also taught secretarial studies at the former YWCA Ballard School, New York, N.Y. Her last teaching position was at Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, N.Y. For many years she was active in the Episcopal Church. She was also active in the Daughters of the British Empire, the American Association of University Women, and the Plandome Women's Club, Plandome, N.Y.

She was predeceased by her husband, Norman Haweeli, on November 18, 2004, her parents, her sister - Alma L. Powers - two brothers, Dewey and Howard, and an adopted brother, Albert. She is survived by her son, Stephen Haweeli, and grandson, Edward Haweeli, of East Hampton, N.Y.; her niece Ellen Haweeli of Old Greenwich, Conn. and nephew John Haweeli, of New York, N.Y. She is also survived by two nieces -- Alma Hewey of Shapleigh, Maine, and Cheryl Allen of East Rochester -- who together enabled her and Norman to live independently for many years.

A private graveside service will be at a later date at the Russian City Cemetery, Berlin. Arrangements are by the Bryant Funeral Home. Online guestbook at



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Sandra Beckwith Smith

Sandra Beckwith Smith, 48, of Berlin died on August 6, 2014. The Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations in her memory may be made to Breathe, NH, 145 Hollis St., Unit C, Manchester, NH, 03101. Online guestbook at

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 18:48

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