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Rita A. St. Hilaire

December 19, 1943 — December 1, 2021

Rita A. (Fortier) St.Hilaire, 77, of Berlin, passed away on Wednesday December 1, 2021 at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital. She was born in Lewiston, ME on December 19, 1943 the daughter of Wilfred and Evelyn (Baillargeon) Fortier.

Rita loved spending time with her children, 14 grandchildren, and her 6 great grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling, especially her trips to Hawaii, Nashville and visiting Graceland. She enjoyed country music and loved attending concerts with her children and grandchildren. She was a very generous person, and people will remember her for her sense of humor, her silliness, her good heart, and of course her love of sweets. She had been employed at Rich’s and Walmart.

Family includes her children Claudette Audette and husband Michael of Milan, NH, Paul St.Hilaire and wife Shannon of Berlin, NH, Claude St.Hilaire and wife Nancy of Mt. Pleasant SC, Debbie Goupil and husband Roland of Berlin, NH and Cathy St.Hilaire and partner Eric Fortin of Berlin NH; grandchildren Meagan Audette, Mallory Audette, Elizabeth Labonte, Kyle St.Hilaire, Brendan St.Hilaire, Sam Bainbridge, Makayla Bainbridge, Harlan Bainbridge, Nicklaus St.Hilaire, Jeff Goupil, Ashley Thunberg and husband Erik, Jonathan Goupil and wife Monique, Travis Ouellet and Ryan Guay and wife Krista; great grandchildren Easton Falardeau, Colson Falardeau, Ember Garneau, Everly Bainbridge, Peyton Goupil, and Carter Lakin; sisters Jeannette Jordan of Berlin, NH, Irene Fortier of Berlin, NH, Doris Drouin and husband Bernard of Berlin, NH; and brother Robert Fortier and wife Robin of Berlin, NH.

She was predeceased by siblings Lionel (Red) Fortier, Rene Fortier, Shirley Boucher and Marguerite (Lou-Lou) Bradley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 6th at 10 AM at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Interment will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryant & Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin, on Sunday, December 5th from 2-4. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Marie Rivier Food Pantry 151 Emery Street, Berlin NH 03570. Online guestbook at

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Sunday, December 5, 2021

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

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