Ronald R. Poirier

Ronald R. Poirier, 71, of Berlin, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital after a long period of declining health. He was born in Berlin on January 14, 1945, the son of Hector and Florence (Salvas) Poirier and was a lifelong resident. Ron served four years in the U. S. Navy. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at his camp on Umbagog Lake. He was an avid Montreal Canadiens fan.

Family includes his wife Jane (Desilets) Poirier of Berlin; a daughter Karen Ouellette and husband Carl of Cambridge; a brother Richard Poirier and wife Charlotte of Frederick, M.D.; a sister Susan Dion of Berlin and Florida; aunts, an uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister Yvette Rowe.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services. The Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Donations in his memory may be made to the Coos County Nursing Home Activities Fund, PO Box 416, Berlin, NH, 03570.

Rev. Maurice R. Lacroix

Rev. Maurice R. Lacroix was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord on December 27, 2016. He was 92 years old.
He was born in Berlin on August 5, 1924, to Alphonse and Maria (Moreau) Lacroix.
Fr. Lacroix was ordained a priest on May 30, 1953, by the Most Reverend Matthew F. Brady, D.D., Fifth Bishop of Manchester, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. He studied at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Penn., and the Seminaire de Philosphaire in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He completed his ecclesiastical studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, M.D.
Fr. Lacroix was assigned as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Laconia, St. Mary Parish in Claremont, Infant Jesus Parish in Nashua and St. George Parish in Manchester. He was later appointed as pastor by Bishop Ernest J. Primeau, D.D., S.T.D. of St. Benedict Parish in Cascade and St. Joseph Parish in Berlin where he served faithfully until his retirement in 1999.
During his retirement, he served as Chaplain to the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Manchester and was in residence there. In 2009, he retired from all ministry and resided at Bishop Peterson Residence until poor health required him to reside at Mt. Carmel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Manchester.
The family includes a brother, Robert Lacroix of Berlin and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Florence Vezina.
Fr. Lacroix will lie in state on Friday, December 30, at St. Joseph Cathedral, corner of Pine and Lowell streets, Manchester from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., followed immediately at 11 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Cathedral. The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester will preside. Committal prayers will follow at Mt. Calvary Mausoleum, 474 Goffstown Rd., Manchester.
Memorial donations may be made to “Diocesan Priests Retirement Fund” and mailed to Diocese of Manchester, 153 Ash St., Manchester 03105.
Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Manchester is assisting with arrangements. To leave a message of condolence, visit

Michael Alan Otis

Michael Alan Otis 63, of Upper Bay Road, Died suddenly, Sunday, December 25, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Michael was born October 20, 1953, in Berlin, son to the late Phillip Albert and Delysia (Rainbow) Otis. He worked as a screen printer for a number of years for Freedom of Expression and later worked for Lakes Region Hospital as a courier for some 15 years. Michael became Scout Master when his son was in the Boy Scouts and continued his service when his grandson become a Boy Scout, both in Laconia and Sanbornton. He later aided in starting the Sanbornton Youth League, having even helped with building the field.
Michael also was active in his church, having been a Sunday School teacher for 25 years and later becoming a Deacon at Mountain View Church of Sanbornton. He enjoyed sports, politics, camping, the outdoors and hiking. Having hiked many of the White Mountain's 4,000 footers. Michael was also an artist, primarily with wood carving and painting.
Michael is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Annette M. (Bedard) Otis of Sanbornton, a son, Daniel Otis and his wife, Kisha of Belmont; two daughters, Kelly Otis and her significant other Kosta Giannos of Berlin, Kathryn Otis and her significant other, Seth Dobbins of Plaistow; four grandchildren, Yioti "Peter" Giannos, Benjamin Otis, Dakota Otis and Samuel Otis; a brother, Roger Otis of Long Beach, Calif.; a sister, Rosemary Roberts of Enfield; a sister-in-law, Carol Otis of Shelburne and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he is predeceased by his two brothers, Lawrence and Christopher Otis.
Calling hours will be Thursday, December 29, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-SImoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 30, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Church of Sanbornton, 322 Upper Bay Road Sanbornton.
Burial will be in the family lot at Union Cemetery, Sanbornton in the spring.
For those who wish memorial contributions may be made to Mountain View Church of Sanbornton, 322 Upper Bay Road, Sanbornton, NH 03269.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial please visit www.

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Roger Francis Rousseau

Roger Francis Rousseau, 91, died at his home in Brentwood, on December 22, 2016, from the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.

He was born March 25, 1925, in Berlin, son of the late Louis Severin Rousseau and Delvina (Lefebvre) Rousseau.

He attended Berlin schools and received a Bachelor of Business degree from New York University, New York City.

He worked for 23 years as a marine sales representative for Mobil Oil Corporation, covering the New England Region. Then he worked for nine years as an Assistant Engineer aboard Navy ships under the Military Sealift Command, with service in the Mediterranean, Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

After retirement in 1988, he enjoyed serving for several years as an informal outdoor chef for the UNH crew and their families on the various riverbanks where the races took place. He also enjoyed maintaining and improving his property in Brentwood.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda Sanford Rousseau; son, Curtis Roger Rousseau and wife Marjo Lamminga Rousseau; son Norman Bruce Rousseau and wife, Anne Herzog Rousseau; four grandchildren, Kirsten, Ryan, Natalie and Alex and several nieces. He was preceded in
death by his parents; three brothers, Ralph, Roland and Leandre; and five sisters, Eglantine, Ubaldine, Lucille, Yvette and Estelle.
Private services will be held for the family.

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