W. Earlene Jones

W. Earlene Jones, 71, of Berlin, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, December 19, 2015 . She was born on December 5, 1944 in Exeter. She is the daughter of Earl and Wanda (Raines) Ray and grew up in Washington State before moving to the Berlin area in 2003. She loved to cook, bake, work on various crafts, paint and collect cook books. Earlene was a kind woman who loved to laugh, spend time with her cats Phantom and Shadow, and spend hours talking with her friends and neighbors. E.J. will forever be remembered as a loving, wise, and giving sister, mother, grannie and friend. She will join her husband Norm whom she spoke of often. E.J.'s physical form will be deeply missed but her soul and likeness will remain within the hearts of all that knew her forever.

Earlene's family members include three sons Jim, Michael and Terry of Washington state, granddaughter Crystal Ray of California; sisters Linda Jenkins of Errol, Rebecca Ellis of San Diego, Calif., and April Knox of Round Rock, Texas; brothers John Davis of California and Glenn Davis of Mo.; nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. The Bryant Funeral Home in Berlin, is in charge of the arrangements. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.

Joseph G. “Joey” Martin

Joseph G. “Joey” Martin, 56, of Berlin, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at his home. He was born in Berlin on February 11, 1959 the son of Joseph and Denise (Tardiff) Martin and lived in Berlin most of his life. He had been employed as an iron worker for Hephaestus Corp. and Cianbro Corp., as a foreman for Isaacson’s and lastly as a Building Inspector/Code Enforcement for the City of Berlin. He had also been employed part time for Rob Bolash. Joey enjoyed hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, hockey in his younger years and most importantly, he enjoyed time spent with his family at camp. He had played hockey for the Berlin Junior Maroons, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 1976-1977, the International Hockey League with the Milwaukee Admirals in 1979 and the Senior Maroons in the 1980’s.

Family includes his wife Debbie (Tanguay) Martin of Berlin; children Craig Martin and wife Crystal of Berlin, Tia Martin of Gorham, and Cody Martin and wife Alyssa of Berlin; grandchildren Oliva and Emma Martin, Amber Wilson and Aiden and Abel Martin; mother Denise (Tardiff) Martin; brothers Dennis Martin, Tommy Martin and wife Monique and Robby Martin all of Berlin; sister Jennifer Lachapelle and husband Mark of Gilford; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Joseph “Joe Bear” Martin.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Harvest Christian Fellowship Church. Interment will be in the Songo Pond Road Cemetery in Bethel, Maine at a later date. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin on Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the Weeks Medical Center Oncology Department, 173 Middle St., Lancaster, NH, 03584. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.

Joe Martin

Service held for Violet M. (Pigeon) Lamontagne

A Mass of Christian Burial for Violet M. (Pigeon) Lamontagne, of Berlin, was celebrated on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at St. Anne Church in Berlin following prayers at the Bryant Funeral Home. Reverend Andrew Nelson officiated. Words of remembrance were said by her son Richard Lamontagne. Interment followed in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Berlin. Pall bearers were Mike Lamontagne, Matt Lamontagne, Claude Pigeon, Maurice Bagley and Mike Cyr. Many relatives and friends attended the service.

Lionel Rene Couture

Lionel R. Couture, “Papere,” passed away on November 14, 2015 at the Coos County Nursing Home. He was surrounded by his immediate family. He succumbed to numerous complications from a lingering illness.

Lionel was born June 4, 1925 in Berlin to Donat and Roseanna (Landry) Couture.

From a very early age, Lionel was always working. He started off pasteurizing and delivering milk in a horse drawn wagon. At the age of twelve, he went to work in the woods and learned the various trades of a woodsman. He drove teams and cared for horses in the woods. He dearly loved horses his entire life. He worked in the shipyards during WWII and joined the Navy at 17.

He was a member of the VFW for years and worked diligently on behalf of the buildings committee. He also volunteered at Senior Meals at Angel Guardian and helped with building their facilities. He also worked various construction jobs, pipeline jobs and ran heavy equipment. Lionel was a jack of many trades and always willing to help family and friends.

In 1948, Lionel married Gloria Stinson of Stratford. Lionel was an accomplished musician and met Gloria at a barn dance that he and his band performed. Together they had two children Robert and Barbara.

He was a great father and enjoyed teaching his children everything that he knew. He was an avid athlete and coached his children and many others in swimming, diving, fishing, skating, boxing, snowshoeing, skiing and dancing. Lionel finally hung up his skis around the age of 80.

Music was also a lifelong passion and after an injury severed two fingers off his left hand, he traded in his guitar for the harmonica, which he played until he was 90.

Lionel was well known for his practical jokes. He enjoyed laughing and telling jokes with his friends. His long-term memory was phenomenal and he could be counted on to always have a bit of obscure Berlin history and was a great storyteller. In 90 very active years, he saw and participated in a lot of Berlin history.

He loved traveling in the West and lived in Idaho for several years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and hiking in the mountains.

Lionel was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Gloria in 1984 and his only son Robert in 1971. Siblings Roland, Romeo, Paul and sisters Rose Babineau, Florence Croteau and Cecile Gagnon have also passed before him. Since Lionel’s demise his brother has also passed.

He is and will be deeply missed. He leaves behind a daughter Barbara Couture and her partner Fred Livingston of Melba, Idaho, two beloved grandsons and their families; Keith Couture and his partner Lucy Wyatt of Berlin, and Karl Couture and his partner Wendy and their children Karl JR., Caitlyn and Ariana of Milan, sisters Lillian Lauzier of Bristol, Conn., Olive Bourassa and Jeanette King of Berlin, numerous nieces and nephews.

In June of 2016 a memorial and internment will occur at St. Kierans Cemetary. Notice of these proceedings will be made available via Facebook.

Lionel Couture