Newton, N.H. — Norman Berthel, Sr., 81, passed away peacefully Friday morning at Exeter Hospital, with family by his side. Norman worked for much of his life as a printer at the Arlington Advocate and later the Lawrence Eagle Tribune. He served his country in the U.S. Naval Reserves for 16 years. He was a member of the Masons, the Shriners, and United Riverside Congregational Church in Lawrence for many years.
Born in Melrose, Mass., Norman was a long time resident of Newton, N.H., and a former resident of Salem, N.H., where he raised five children with his wife.
He was a man who enjoyed simple pleasures. He appreciated a home-cooked meal, a good cup of coffee, long drives, listening to his favorite hymns and taking cruises with his family. He spent lots of his spare time on carpentry and restoring his 200 year old home. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. Norman enjoyed summering at Five Islands in Maine, and gathering with family at his parents’ camp on Little Island Pond in Pelham, N.H.
He leaves behind his beloved wife and best friend of nearly 59 years, Marilyn (Carbone-Whipple) Berthel; his daughter Bonnie Burke, of Salem N.H., his daughter. Lynn-Ann and husband, William Credit, of Salem, N.H., his son, Robert Berthel and wife, Susan ,of East Kingston, N.H., daughter. Jill and husband, Eric Nash, of Linton, Ind., son, Norman Berthel Jr. and his partner, Alfred Leitao, of Fremont, N.H., his sister Eleanor Harris, of Wakefield, Mass.; fifteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Norman is predeceased by his mother, Irma Louise (Berry) Berthel, his father Joseph Samuel Berthel, and brothers Phil, Richard, and Herbert.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral Service on Wednesday, April 17 at 10 a.m. at Goundrey & Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main St., Salem, N.H. Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 on Tuesday, April 16 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Newton, N.H. To send an online condolence, please visit www.goundreydewhirstfuneral.com or www.facebook.com/goundreydewhirstfuneralhome.