Service held for Francisco 'Francis' Alimandi

A funeral service for Francisco “Francis” Alimandi, 85, of Berlin was held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at the Bryant Funeral Home in Berlin. Reverend Michael Sartori officiated. Interment followed in St. Kieran Cemetery in Berlin. Many relatives and friends attended the service.

Rerun: Florrie 'Fio' Torro

Florrie “Fio” Torro from Hamsphire Street passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016, at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital following a brief illness. He was 94 years old.

Born in Berlin, on April 4, 1922, he was the son of Dominic and Nicolina (Dalphone) Torro.

Florrie served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. He served in World War II aboard the battleship Iowa, and received many medals during the time he served.

He married Josephine (Nicoletti) and they made their home here in Berlin.

Florrie worked for James River Corp as an oiler until his retirement in the 1980’s.

He enjoyed being outdoors and loved taking care of his garden.

Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Josephine who passed away in 2011, his aunts Tina Gemmiti, Mary Berquist; an uncle Tony Dalphonse; his sisters Catherine Morin, Theresa Landry; a brother Joseph Torro; brother-in-law’s Paul Morin, Lawrence Roy, Victor Savchick and Donald Nicoletti; sister-in-law’s Theresa (Nicoletti) Ramsey and Janet Nicoletti; nephews David Landry and Roger Torro.

He leaves behind his brother Albert Torro; sisters Voila Roy, Mary Savchick all of Berlin; sister Doris Torro of Watertown, Mass.; brother-in-law’s Robert Landry, Gerard Ramsey, Sr. and John Nicoletti and wife Julie of Manchester; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Burial will follow at St. Kieran Cemetery.

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Antoinette A. Rodrigue

Antoinette A. Rodrigue, 80, of Berlin, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016, at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital. She was born in Berlin on December 21, 1935, the daughter of Wilfrid and Medora (Tremblay) Demers and was a lifelong resident. Antoinette was a very active woman. She was an avid card player, enjoyed her many friends and enjoyed fishing. She was a member of Good Shepherd Parish.

Family includes her son Robert G. Rodrigue and wife Sandy Rosenberg of Berlin; daughter Pauline and Cliff Aldrich of Sugar Hill; grandchildren Bobby Rodrigue, Missy Wedge and husband Mike, Jamie Lavigne, Tanya Rosenberg; three great granddaughters Maya, Macy and Marlee Wedge; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Robert M. Rodrigue.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 10 a.m. with interment following in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. At Antoinette’s request, there will be no calling hours. Those attending the Mass are asked to meet directly at church. Donations in her memory may be made to Good Shepherd Parish. The Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online guestbook at

Claude M. Bizier

Claude M. Bizier, 49, of Barrington, NH passed away on Sunday November 27, 2016 at the Concord Hospice House in Concord. He was born in Berlin, NH on June 28, 1967 the son of Raymond and Gemma (Dallaire) Bizier and graduated from Berlin High School and the University of New Hampshire. He was employed as an electrical engineer by Lydall Filtration in Rochester, NH. Claude was very proud of the fact that he and his family had climbed all of the 4000 foot mountains in NH. He loved his family, the outdoors, riding his motorcycle and his dogs, Emmett and Stella.

Family includes his wife Patricia (Bonney) Bizier of Barrington, NH; his children Allison Thompson of Ossipee, NH and Douglas Thompson of Gorham, NH: his mother Gemma Bizier of Berlin, NH: his sister Linda Pivin of Berlin, NH; his brother Richard Bizier and wife Roberta of Acton, MA; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Raymond on August 12, 2016.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday December 1, 2016 at 10 AM at Holy Family Church, Church St., Gorham, NH. Spring interment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Donations in his memory may made to The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Attn: Sarcoma and Bone Oncology, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA, 02284-9168. The Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online guestbook at