Clara Eva (Gagnon) Collins

Clara Eva (Gagnon) Collins passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at St. Vincent de Paul Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 92 years old.

Born in Berlin, on October 31, 1924, she was the daughter of Euclid and Emilia (Lafrance) Gagnon. She was employed at Granite State Rubber Company and Bass Shoe Factory as a stitcher.

On February 12, 1945, she married George Collins, 94, of Berlin where they lived and raised their three children. Clara’s greatest joy was her family, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a devoted Catholic and a communicant of St. Anne’s Church of Good Shepherd Parish. She and her husband George enjoyed dancing, going for long rides and walking outdoors. She enjoyed sewing, crafts and gardening. She was an amazing cook and loved to entertain and hold family gatherings.

She is predeceased by her brothers Raoul Gagnon and Omer Gagnon and Joseph Gagnon; sisters Juliette Dubreuil and Margaret Gagnon.

She leaves behind her loving husband of 72 years George Collins of Berlin; one son Gerry Collins of Las Vegas; two daughters Anne-Marie Collins of Pittsfield, and Annette Laflamme and husband Brian of Concord; grandchildren, Angela Eafrati, Matthew Aube and wife Stacy, Alina Westerlund and husband Jason, Kristen Collins, Joel Collins; several great-grandchildren; a brother Richard Gagnon; two sisters Elizabeth Chaisson and Theresa Holmes; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held at St. Anne upper Hall on Friday, April 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday prior to the service on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish, Berlin. Interment will follow at St. Kieran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to Good Shepherd Parish, 151 Emery Street, Berlin, NH 03570.

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Service held for Michelle Gosselin-Fillion

A funeral service for Michelle Gosselin-Fillion, 52, of Berlin, was held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Bryant Funeral Home in Berlin. Reverend Kyle Stanton officiated. Many relatives and friends attended the service.

Service to be held for David G. Dernbach

A Mass of Christian Burial for David G. Dernbach, 70, of Gorham, who passed away on March 20, will be held on Monday, April 24, at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Gorham. The Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert 'Bob' Desilets

Robert "Bob" Desilets of Highland Park Avenue passed away peacefully at home on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, where he rejoined his loving wife Beverly of 61 years. He was 86 years of age.

Born on August 21, 1930, in Berlin he was the son of Albert and Erma (Demers) Desilets.

Bob served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War from 1951 through 1954.

After returning from the war, he married Beverly Haynes on Nov. 20, 1954. He and Beverly raised three children. After 43 years, he retired from James River Corporation where he was employed as an auto diesel mechanic.

His greatest love was his family; he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He could always be found at one of his children or grandchildren’s sporting events. His greatest joy was supporting his grandchildren in all their life endeavors. He and Beverly loved spending time at their camp on Dodge Pond. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading and doing puzzles. He was best described as a real stand-up man, with endless patience and a voice that was never raised; giver of the best hugs and the shirt off his back.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years Beverly Haynes; and his brother Maurice Desilets.

Bob leaves behind his son Robert “Bobby” Desilets and Donna of Gorham; daughters Cheryl Croteau of Milan, and Stacy Poirier and husband David of Berlin; six grandchildren Sandy Lafferty and husband Ryan, Robbie Desilets, Jesse Croteau, Jodie Croteau, Ryan Poirier and wife Jennifer, Kara Poirier and companion Adam Young; two great-grandchildren, Marissa and Adam Lafferty; a brother Alfred (Jerry) Desilets and wife Jeannette; two sisters, Theresa Charrette and Rita Gagetta, and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no services. Arrangements are under the care of Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, Berlin.

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