Mary Louise Yopp

Mary Louise Yopp, 72 of Abilene, Texas, passed away in her home on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2106, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Piersall Funeral Directors, 733 Butternut Street in Abilene, Texas. Another memorial service will be held in Berlin, at a later date.

Mary was born on May 7, 1944, in Berlin, to Norman and Avis Oleson. Mary spent over 30 years working for the 7th Service Squadron for the U.S. Military. She started working part-time as a bartender at Ft. Devens, Mass., and went on to serve at six other bases. She served two tours in Incirlik, Turkey, was stationed in Guam and received commendation for her work during Desert Storm. Her last duty station was at Dyess Air Force Base. Mary was an accounting technician in the accounting office. She loved country music, once met Charlie Daniels, and also loved listening to Keith Whitley. She enjoyed watching “General Hospital” and her favorite movie, “Footloose.” She was a wonderful dancer, a free spirit and she greatly loved her family, her children and grandchildren. Mary will be missed.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Avis Oleson, and her four brothers, Bill Bowden, Robert Bowden, Bob Oleson and Phillip (Botsie) Oleson and sister Jane Perry. She is survived by her sons Rick Pageau of Pepperell, Mass.; Allen Pageau and wife Belinda of Buffalo, Minn., and James Yopp and wife Kristen of Abilene, Texas; daughter Tina Pageau of Gorham; sister Theo Sykes and husband Larry of Burlington, N.C.; and six grandchildren; Jennifer and Kayla Correau, Tyler, Derek and Hailey Pageau and Ricky Yopp.

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Charlotte 'Sherri' Renee Hawkins

Charlotte “Sherri” Renee Hawkins, 51, of Berlin, passed away on August 28, 2016, at the Glencliff Home in Glencliff. She was born in Great Lakes, Ill., on October 11, 1964, a daughter of Dana Hawkins and Jack Bernard and Evelyn (Veinotte) Bernard. Charlotte resided in Texas for a time before moving to Berlin. Before her illness she enjoyed her time at Pisani’s Restaurant. She had a great sense of humor, enjoying making her friends and family laugh. She also enjoyed spending time with her daughter Sara and niece Felicia Hawkins. Her greatest joys in life were her daughter, grandchildren and sisters Joyce and Holly.
She is survived by; a daughter Sara Poirier and fiance Eric Couture; grandchildren; Kaleb and Orivious; her sisters; Holly (Hawkins) Soldano, Joyce Young, Brenda Liebert, Johanna Leon and Ione Bernard and a lifetime friend William Poirier and his children Florence and William Poirier; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; a sister Peggy Hawkins and a brother Thomas Hawkins.
Relatives and friends may call on Friday, September 23, 2016, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin. Online guestbook at


Service held for Darrell G. Bernier

Funeral services for Darrell G. Bernier, 76, of Gorham, were held on Aug. 25, 2016, at the Bryant Funeral Home in Gorham. Reverend Kyle Stanton officiated. Interment was in the Holy Family Cemetery where Father Kyle read the committal prayers. The pall bearers were Michael Bernier, Steve Ruel, Rich Ruel, Bill Johnson, Albert Gilbert and Mert Wilson. Many relatives and friends attended the service.

Service held for Raymond P. Chandler

Funeral services for retired Gorham Fire Chief Raymond P. Chandler, 85, who died on Aug. 16, 2016, were held on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Gorham Congregational Church, UCC, following prayers at the Bryant Funeral Home in Gorham. Retired Chief Chandler was honored with a procession from the funeral home to the church, where he arrived on the Town of Gorham’s antique Federal fire truck. The Pall Bearers were son in law Alvin (Bo) Gross, step son in law Matthew Boisselle, brother Donald Chandler and retired assistant Fire Chief of Berlin Robert Goudreau. A large delegation of firefighters and EMS personnel from around the state of New Hampshire and Maine lined the steps of the church. Support was provided by the Granite State Fire Service Support Team. Reverend William B. Jones officiated the funeral service. Raymond’s daughter Laurie Chandler was the first speaker, sharing memories of her father, followed by Norm Frazee, Courtney Boisselle, Courtney Gamans and the concluding speaker was Retired Fire Chief of Berlin Paul E. Fortier.
Following the church service, Retired Chief Chandler received the Last Alarm, honoring his years of service. Interment was in the Bartlett Village Cemetery in Bartlett, where Rev. Jones read the committal prayers. Full military honors were provided by the U.S. Navy, as well as members of the American Legion and VFW. The American Flag was folded and presented to his daughter Laurie Chandler by the U.S. Navy. Many relatives and friends attended the services.