Donald L. Fish, 81, of Gorham, passed away on Thursday February 5, 2015 at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital. He was born in Quogue, New York on April 15, 1933 the son of the late Donald O. and Vera M. (Mills) Fish and resided in Shoreham, N.Y. until 2010, when he moved to Gorham. He served with the U.S. Navy and had been employed as an Aeronautical Engineer with Grumman Aero Space. Donald was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening, loved the beach, fishing and traveling.
Family includes his wife Carol (Bracco) Fish of Gorham; children Don Fish and wife Denise of Glen Head, N.Y., Larry Fish and husband Kevin of Sandishfield, Mass., Kate Del Bono and husband Lou of Brewster, N.Y. and Stephen Fish of Gorham; grandchildren Cal, John and Nick; brother Bob Fish and wife Lynette of Portland, Ore.; one nephew and one grandniece. He was predeceased by an Aunt Edwina.
Services will be held at a later date on Long Island, N.Y. Anyone who wishes may make a donation in his memory to the Coos County Nursing Home Activities Fund, PO Box 416, Berlin, NH, 03570. Arrangements are by the Bryant Funeral Home, Gorham. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 20:59
Warren E. (Swede) Johnson, 92, of Gorham, died on February 3, 2015 in Peterborough where he was surrounded by the love of his family. He was born in Berlin, NH on December 3, 1922, the son of Ernest and Alice (Olson) Johnson. He was a 1940 graduate of Berlin High School, and resided in the Berlin Gorham area all of his life.
In 1943 Warren enlisted in the 86th Mountain Infantry RegimenT, 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army. He trained in Colorado prior to deployment. He served with distinction in the North Apennines and the Po Valley earning the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantry Badge, Eame Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, and Purple Heart. For the remainder of his life, Warren was most proud of having been a member of the 10th.
After World War II, he returned to Berlin where he worked for Brown Paper Company, and its successors, until his retirement. His lifelong love of the outdoors drew him to the Woods Division of the Company where he worked for many years as the camp clerk, traveling from woods camp to woods camp to do payroll and camp accounting, with his trusty beagle riding shot gun. As luck would have it, there was always an hour or two for a little fly fishing or hunting before a true woodsman's dinner. From the Woods Division, he moved on to be the Fire Marshall for the Company, and then supervisor of the Cascade storehouse until he retired.
He loved the time he spent on Lake Umbagog with family and friends at his camp "Hedgehog", fishing for trout, salmon and pickerel until the "damn bass spoiled the fishing".
During this time, Warren was an active member of the Cascade Volunteer Fire Department rising to the rank of Asst. Chief until his retirement just a few years ago.
First with his wife Joan, and after her passing, with Theresa Lessard, he traveled the world, from Canada to Hawaii, the Caribbean to Australia, from the Fjords of Norway and Sweden to China and Argentina, and places in between.
In addition to the time he spent in the outdoors, Warren also enjoyed the time he spent in the kitchen cooking and baking, and sharing his fudge.
He took great pride in giving back to the community and devoted a great deal of his time to community service, working for numerous not for profit agencies, including among others RSVP, and the Androscoggin Valley Hospital, volunteering more than 6700 hours.
He was a wonderful mentor, friend and role model to all who had the privilege to share any time with him. He will be sorely missed.
He is survived by Alexandra G. Crocker, of Weare, considered by him and all others as his granddaughter; nieces and nephews: The Honorable Martha Crocker, with whom he had a father daughter relationship, and her husband, Jeffrey Crocker, Esq. of Peterborough; John W. Ramey, III of Berlin and Walpole, Ma.; William and Karen Ramey, of Crofton, Md.; Erik and Victoria Paine of N. Darmouth Mass.; Alison and Robert Grinwis, of Kennett Sq. Pa.; Paul and Beverly Ingersoll, of Berlin; and his brother-in law Rufus "Jim" Paine, of N. Dartmouth Mass., He is also survived by his very special friend, Theresa Lessard, of Berlin.
Warren was predeceased by his loving wife Joan (Fabisiak) Johnson in 1991, and his sister, Cynthia (Johnson) Paine.
A celebration of Warren's life will take place in the spring and details will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Warren's memory to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital, Berlin.
Jellison Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online obituary or to leave the family a condolence, please visit www.jellisonfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 20:59
Vickie Ruel, 69, passed away after a sudden illness on February 4, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Dorothy (Johnson) Beck and was born in Rumford, Maine where she was also raised and educated.
In her life, her family was paramount, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Vickie loved knitting and crocheting and playing computer games.
She leaves behind her husband Michael Ruel of Manchester, her daughters, Beth (husband Walter) Pieberl of Manchester and Diane (husband Norman) Michaud of Londonderry, her son, Benton (wife Lizz) Monk of Goffstown, her grandchildren, Dillan, Emily, Nicholas, Sarah, Sierra, Mason, Allycia and Michael, her great grandchildren, Natalie and Lacey, her sister Kathy Beck of Rumford and many nieces, nephews and very good friends who will miss her very much.
In addition to her parents, Vickie was predeceased by her brothers, Richard Beck, and Ralph Beck and her sister, Roberta Beck.
In Lieu of flowers, the family has requested all donations be made in Vickie's loving memory to www.angiopathy.org (Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy) or by mail at Massachusetts General Hospital-Fund 028184 MGH Development Office Attn: Shawn Fitzgibbons 100 Cambridge St Suite 1310 Boston, MA 02114
Services: Visiting hours will be held on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Phaneuf Funeral Home 243 Hanover St Manchester, NH 03104 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Interment will be private.
For more information or to leave an on line condolence for the family, please go to www.Phaneuf.net
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 19:46
Blanche C. (Gosselin) Hamanne, 93, of Randolph, passed away on Wednesday February 4, 2015 at the Hanover Hill Health Care Center in Manchester. She was born in Berlin on September 1, 1921 the daughter of Joseph and Clara (Lafleur) Gosselin. She moved to Florida in 1981 and returned to the area in 2009. Blanche graduated from Berlin High School in 1940 and received her certificate as an LNA. She was employed by North Country Florist and The Inn at Bowman. She was the past President of the Berlin Professionals Women, a former Girl Scout leader, a volunteer at Sanford, Fla. hospital, President of Orange City Extension Services, held office with Salvation Army Volunteers, was a member of the Red Hat Society of Orange City, Fla. and enjoyed quilting, sewing, baking and ironing.
Family includes her children Solange Mears of Athens, Ga., Francine Hamanne of Orange Ctiy, Fla., Clarice Girouard and husband Robert of Manchester, Jerry Hamanne and partner Rich Wallingford of Randolph, and Leo Hamanne and wife Brenda of Hollis; grandchildren: Brian Mears, Heather Mears, Derek Mears, Brad Huot, Carl Huot, John Girouard, Michael Girouard, Tiffany Hamanne Dustin and Joshua Hamanne; 16 great-grandchildren: Dale and Jenna Mears, Wesley Seefried and Cassidy Mears, Charlotte, Owen and Wyatt Mears, Tyler and Haleigh Huot, Sebastian and Riley Huot, Ethan and Ainsley Girouard, Lucy, Willow and Hope Girouard, Oliver and Maxwell Dustin; brother Robert Gosselin and wife Ann of Deltona, Fla.; sisters Marie Dion of Fort Pierce, Fla. and Jeanne Fortier of Windermere, Fla.; special extended family Pete Larin and wife Janine of Berlin, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband George E. Hamanne (deceased 1997) and sisters Gertrude Gosselin and Olive Vaillancourt and grandson Richie Huot.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday February 14, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Gorham. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 1 Promenade St., Gorham on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, prior to the Mass. Interment will be in the Holy Family Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Girl Scouts of Green and White Mtns,For Sunset Valley, PO Box 10832, Bedford, NH, 03110 Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 19:45