Paul A. Delisle

Paul A. Delisle, 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Portsmouth.

Born in Berlin on February 27, 1933, he was the son of Andrew and Eva (Michaud) Delisle. He had spent his recent years in Berlin, after raising his family,with the love of his life Priscilla, on Peverly Hill Road in Portsmouth. He was employed by Atherton’s Furniture for many years and owned Delisle Construction with his children.

Paul was a father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend to many. He is survived by his daughter Dorothy Chapman, sons David, Donald (Dolores), Daniel (Patricia), Douglas, Dennis, and Dale Delisle, 17 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, many special nieces and nephews, his dear uncle Buddy (Betty), and extended family and friends including Lydia Cochran of Berlin, his siblings Roland (Nancy), George, and Beatrice.

He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Priscilla, his son Dana (Lynn) siblings Lucille, Richard, Andrew, Maurice and Leo.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 10 a.m. at Saint James Church, 2075 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth. Friends invited. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Dana C. Delisle Leadership Award, which provides an annual scholarship to a Portsmouth Clipper Hockey athlete demonstrating leadership skills and elected by their peers, c/o Lynn Delisle Vara, 2241 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105. Arrangements are by the Farrell Funeral Home, 684 State Street, Portsmouth.

Ida Margaret Wheeler

Ida Margaret Wheeler, age 86, of Danville, died at her home Friday, July 15, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.

Ida was born in Gorham, on March 24, 1930, daughter of the late Irving and Marion (Littlehale) Jones. She grew up in Gorham, graduating as Salutatorian from Gorham High School in 1948. She received an academic scholarship to Plymouth Teachers College, for which she was eternally grateful. She graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Education and started teaching at Danville High School the next fall. She boarded in Danville with Fred and Mary Houghton on Hill Street, who introduced her to their good friend, Edward (Ed) Wheeler. By December 22, 1953, the two were married, becoming lifelong residents of Danville. Ida stopped working in 1955 to raise their family, eventually working part-time at the Pope Memorial Library and finally resuming work at Danville High School as the Librarian in 1964. Ida retired in 1982, enjoying thirty-one years of retirement and nearly sixty years of marriage with Ed, who predeceased her in 2013.

Ida was a voracious reader and instilled the love of reading in her children. She especially loved gifting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with books, magazines and workbooks at an early age. During her retirement years with Ed, a favorite pastime was traveling to do research for the Jones and Wheeler genealogies. She also enjoyed feeding/watching birds, was a passionate Red Sox fan and loved the mental challenge of crossword puzzles, Sudoku puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. Above all, she simply loved spending time with her family.

Survivors include two daughters: Martha Wheeler of Danville and Janice Ouellette and husband, Dan, also of Danville; two grandchildren: Jeremy Ouellette and wife, Anja, of Lebanon, and Amanda Tanner and husband, Nick, of Underhill Center, Vt.; four great-grandchildren: Kolja, Annika, Lucy and Luka. She was excitedly anticipating the arrival of her fifth great-grandchild at the end of July. Ida is also survived by four sisters: Patty Kovalik and husband, Eli, of New Hampshire, Joan Donaldson of New Hampshire, Pearl Pelletier and husband, Herman, of New Hampshire and Hazel Jones of Nevada; two sisters-in-law Joyce Wheeler and Janette Wheeler of Vermont; many cousins, nieces, nephews and her beloved cat, Hobo.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ida was predeceased by her sister, Arlene Corrigan and husband, Tom; her two brothers Bobby and John Jones; her brother-in-law Leo "Chummy" Donaldson and all of Ed's brothers and sisters.

Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday, August 20, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Danville Green Cemetery, with John Sleeper officiating. There will be no visiting hours.

To continue to foster Ida's love of books, donations may be made to the Pope Memorial Library, P.O. Box 260, Danville, VT, 05828.

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James R. Vashaw

James R. (Jim) Vashaw, of Venice, Fla., passed away peacefully at the Tidewell Hospice House on July 2, 2016. He was born on July, 30 1939, and raised in Gorham. He was the son of Clayson (Pat) Vashaw and Idel Crotto Vashaw. Jim attended Gorham schools and joined the Navy shortly after. He worked and lived for many years in Portsmouth, Laconia and Fryburg, Maine.

In 1990 he moved to Venice, Fla., where he owned and operated his landscaping business. He loved being in the warm climate.

Jimmy was an avid sports fan, especially the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. He was a long time member of the South Venice Bowling League where he will be greatly missed by all his bowling friends. Some of his pastimes were reading, deep-sea fishing, gardening and going on cruises.

He is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Betty) Mary Burns Vashaw; sons James W. Vashaw and Micheal M. Vashaw of Laconia, Richard C. Vashaw of Keene, and step-daughter Lisa Colby of Augusta, Ga.; two sisters Sally Laberge and Evette Morel of Dummer; one brother Leslie Vashaw of Berlin; many cousins, nieces and nephews and grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents; sisters Gloria Tibbetts, Pearl (Wee-Wee) Lessard and brother Edward “Butch” Vashaw.

Jim was a loving and caring of everyone making people laugh; he made friends everywhere he went.

He was the best husband, father and brother anyone could ask for. He was his wife’s soul mate and best friend.

He left his mark on so many people and will be greatly missed by all.

Gravesite services will be at the Milan Cemetery on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 11 a.m.


Mary (Sinibaldi) Dalphonse

Mary (Sinibaldi) Dalphonse, 98, formerly of Cascade, Berlin, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at the St. Vincent de Paul Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on May 7, 1918, in Cascade, Gorham, the daughter of the late Tito and Amina (DiProsio) Sinibaldi and has resided for most of her life in the area. Mary was a member of Good Shepherd Parish.
Members of the family include her daughter Sandra Jensen and her husband Erling of Berlin; two sons Jack Dalphonse and his wife Kathy of Palm Coast, Fla., and Donald Dalphonse and his wife Kathy of Laurel, Md.; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Dominic Dalphonse.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Holy Family Church, Gorham. Interment will follow in Holy Family Cemetery, Gorham. Visitation will be held on August 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., prior to the church mass at the Bryant Funeral Home, 1 Promenade St., Gorham. Anyone who wishes may make a donation to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in her memory. Arrangements are by the Bryant Funeral Homes, Berlin and Gorham. Online guestbook at

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