Written by Barbara Tetreault
LANCASTER, N.H. - Elizabeth Crockett was surrounded by people who loved her as she passed away peacefully on September 8, 2014, after a brief and courageous journey with pancreatic cancer. She will be cherished and forever dear to the hearts of family and friends she considered family.
She savored life's sweetness; home-made pie and ice cream; a warm bath; and sunshine on her face. She made the flowers smile too in her lovingly created gardens with perfect atmosphere and presentation. Wherever she went she
sprinkled joy like fairy dust with a grace that turned heads. On her 83rd birthday, at an ice cream parlor, she was asked, "What's your secret?" Elizabeth replied, "I enjoy people." Like Rosie the Riveter, a role model whose slogan was "We can
do it!, she did it with gusto. She had a rich and full life and she'd like to see us enjoying ours with a similar zest.
Her life's pleasure was in loving her children, her children's children, and her friends. She gave succor to many people in the last stages of their lives, including her late husband David and her sister Gail whom she nursed with unwavering dedication and love.
She will be missed every hour of every day. We can honor her memory and her spirit by offering a hand or a shoulder with a smile, always with a smile; by giving someone a meal; by knowing that our daily lives are filled with miracles and extraordinary gifts; by sharing parables with an “Oh dahling....” in a husky voice; by fearlessly and compassionately holding someone while they are dying; by thinking of her love and gratefulness when we see a field of daisies or brown-eyed Susans, her favorite flowers.
Elizabeth leaves behind a sister, Lynn Norris, and her husband Donny, of West Burke, Vt; a son, Scott Sulley, his wife Donna, their son and his two children, of Portsmouth, N.H; a daughter Karen Durling, her husband Mark of Hamilton Montana and their four children and four grandchildren; a daughter Mary Gaetjens and her husband Paul Winans of Oakland Cal.; a daughter Suzanne Gaetjens-Oleson and her husband Benjamin Gaetjens-Oleson and their two daughters of Lancaster, N,H.; and a dear friend who was like a daughter to her, Debbie Daigle, her daughter, Joanne Kawecki, her husband Andrew Kawecki, and their son.
Elizabeth wanted a Celebration of Life at which family and friends would come together to savor delicious food and treats and tell fun stories about how she touched their lives. Please join us on October 11 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at 1283 Route 117, Sugar Hill, N.H. to honor her request. Please contact Suzanne Gaetjens-Oleson at 603-631-2719to RSVP if possible, so we know how many goodies to bring. All are welcome to bring food, stories, toasts, pictures of themselves and mom to share. Burial will be a private family function the next day at Mom’s request.
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Amma, a selfless saint who helps people from all over the world and whom our mother loved. Checks made payable to the M.A. Center will be collected at Elizabeth's Celebration of Life. Alternatively, checks can be mailed to P. O. Box 613, San Ramon, CA 94583. To make a donation online, visit this link: https://www1.amma.org/donations/make-a-donation.html
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 22:37
Funeral services for Joseph R. E. Blanchette, 79, of Berlin, were held on September 10, 2014 at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish, following prayers at the Bryant Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Reverend Andrew Nelson. The pall was placed by Denise Valerino, Paul Blanchette and Anne Courtney, the crucifix was placed by Jeannette Blanchette and the gifts were presented by Louise Morneau and Denise Hawkins.
Interment was in St. Kieran Cemetery where Father Andrew read the committal prayers. The pall bearers were Brian Valerino, Richard Plourde, Peter Levesque, Kerry Theriault, Dominic Valerino and Renney Morneau. Military Honors were provided by the U. S. Air Force, the Marine Corps League and the VFW. The American Flag was folded and presented to Mrs. Jeannette Blanchette. Many relatives and friends attended the service.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 23:56
A Chapel Service was held at Fleury-Patry Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 for Priscilla Gagne. Her nephew Pastor Keith Hamel lead the service.
Interment followed at Mt Calvary Cemetery, Berlin. Serving as pallbearers was her grandson Chris Dubay her grandson-in-laws Dustin Bouchard and Allen Ferren and her nephews Paul Gagne, Karl Nelson and Steve Harlow.
The service was well attended by family and friends from near and far.
The arrangements were entrusted to the care of Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, Berlin.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 15:55
Priscilla L. (Gaulin) Gagne, a lifelong resident of Western Avenue, passed away Friday morning September 12, 2014 at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin following a period of declining heath. She was 77 years old.
Born on August 8, 1937 in Berlin, she was the daughter of William and Marie Anne (Caouette) Gaulin.
She attended St. Joseph's School and was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church now St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish in Berlin.
On January 24, 1959, she married Robert Joseph Gagne at St. Joseph's Church in Berlin. They settled on Western Avenue where they raised their family. Together, they enjoyed 55 years of marriage.
She was devoted homemaker and in earlier years she worked as a stitcher at local shoe manufacturers including Converse Rubber Company and Bass Shoe Company.
Her past times included arts and crafts, knitting and crocheting. She will be remembered for her Wednesday Night Family nights where family would gather for dinner and play board games.
Besides her parents, she is pre-deceased by brothers Normand, Richard, Leo, and Raymond Gaulin and sisters Georgianna Hamel and Jeanne Croteau.
She leaves her loving husband of 55 years Robert Joseph Gagne of Berlin, two sons Richard W. Gagne and wife Karen of Berlin and Steven R. Gagne and wife Shirley of Concord; three grandchildren Jenny Gagne and companion Allen Ferren and her children Alexa Gagnon, Tytan McCarty, and Riley Ferren of Milan; Amanda Dubay and companion Dustin Bouchard and her children Jaelynn and Paige Bouchard all of Berlin; and Christopher Dubay of Berlin; two sisters Cecilia Nelson and her companion Stan of Berlin and Lillian Landry and husband Raymond of Stark. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in the Parlor of Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin. Her nephew Keith Hamel of Bethel, Maine will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Berlin.
Calling hours will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, September 15, 2014 at the funeral home.
Online guestbook at www.fleury-patry.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 17:28