The Fortin Group



6 November, 192930 December, 2020

Margaret (Blanchard) Berry, Age 91 passed away on December 30, 2020 at home with her daughters Jane and Nancy, as well as her dear friend Sherry Vermette, by her side. She was born in Auburn, Maine on November 6, 1929 to Henrietta (Ames) Blanchard and Daniel Blanchard. She graduated from Edward Little HS in the class of 1947.

Margaret was married to Paul R. Berry on August 30, 1950 and enjoyed 52 years together until his death in 2002.

Margaret had a strong love of music which started as a child when she learned to play the trombone. Margaret taught all the Brass instruments for many decades, first at several schools then when her children arrived, she taught at home. After Paul passed you could find her playing in numerous local bands: Auburn Community Concert Band, Fanfare Band and filled in at Bath and Westbrook Community Bands and anywhere that a trombone player was needed. Margaret was very active throughout her life. She worked alongside Paul during their marriage running the Berry Farm and Vegetable Stand and their snowplowing business. She was a Girl Scout Leader when Nancy was a Girl Scout. Margaret was a member of the West Auburn Congregational Church where she held many roles. Margaret had a strong faith and knew she was heading home.

She is survived by her daughters Jane Dinsmore and husband Carl of Auburn, Me., Nancy Massucco and husband Walter of Center Conway, NH. Brother James Blanchard, Supply, NC. Special friends James Gardner, Charles Marshall, Jonathan Richards, and Louise Genussa, along with many cherished nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband Paul; son in-law Henry Harlow, Sister Julia Oakes (Richard); Brothers: Austin Blanchard (Delores); Ralph Blanchard (Elizabeth) and sister-in-law, Mary Blanchard.

The family would like to thank CMMC Oncology dept. Dr. Erikson and Dr. Skelton; Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice especially Aimee her nurse who helped make it possible to keep Margaret at home during her last days. Also, Nancy's friend Jerry Hembree RN who dropped everything to drive over from NH to spend the last night with the family and help Margaret have a peaceful passing. Along with all those that have touched Margaret’s life.

A Memorial service will be scheduled at a later date when we can all get together to celebrate a life well lived, with interment at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Auburn. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group \ Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn, 783-8545.

Margaret requested that Donations in her memory can be sent to: Auburn Community Concert Band PO Box138 Auburn, Maine 04212-0138 or West Auburn Congregational Church PO Box 3126 Auburn, Maine 04212



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Miriam Wetzel

10 February 2021

I was deeply saddened to learn, just today, Feb. 10, 2021, that Margaret Berry was no longer with us. My condolences to her daughters Nancy and Jane and her many good friends. I met Margaret only 6 years ago, when I joined the Fanfare Concert Band, but I heard her play with them a few years before that and was immediately impressed with her precision and musicianship. After I got to know her, I also found out that she had a gracious and outgoing personality. I looked forward to the pleasure of having a few minutes of conversation with her when I went to Fanfare rehearsals. We shared many memories from our music teaching days. God Bless you, Margaret, and comfort your family.

Joan Barrett

8 January 2021

Rick and I are very saddened to hear of Margaret's recent passing. Auburn has lost two of their finest ever Citizens --- Margaret and Paul Berry. We became good friends in 1989 when I was appointed School Transportation Director and so much appreciated the best of all school bus drivers, Paul Berry. We met Margaret shortly after at a social event and became great friends forever. In particular, I shall miss her annual Christmas card and yearly report letter. I just reread the last one in early December where she briefly said she was sad to be missing her band friends and news that her illness had returned. It was always this card and letter that became my clue that it was time to prepare my own cards to send to loved ones. Margaret and Paul will always be in our prayers and thoughts, never forgotten. Our deepest condolences to their daughters Jane and Nancy and the extended family. So sad...........Joan & Rick Barrett

Ellen Woodward

8 January 2021

Guess we were second cousins, Peg! Your Mom, Aunt Etta and Grammie were sisters. So many memories of fresh veggies from the stand, visits with our dog Rowdy and his girlfriend, your Tina! I remember your family coming to Bear Pond for a quick dip after working in the gardens all day! You are now at peace and in the arms of our Loving Lord! Hugs to your girls, Jane and Nancy!

Martha Gay Runnerstrom

7 January 2021

Dearest Margaret,

I know, in my heart, that you are sitting in God's celestial band, playing glorious music for all of Heaven. If the director looks familiar, it might just be my Dad in his white ELHS band conductor's uniform with the gold trim. He and Mom have been waiting for your arrival.
I will miss our annual Christmas calls, Sweet Friend. I love you.💕
Martha (Miffie)

Janet Schwanda

6 January 2021

Jane and Nancy,

My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. Even when expected, losing one's mother is a huge loss. I remember your mother fondly from stops at the farm stand in the summer. When I was a teen, she even paid me once to pick some boxes of black raspberries that grew near my yard, and she sold them at the stand. I just thought that was great! She was always such a sweet lady and will be missed by many.

Janet White Schwanda

Christine Nolin

6 January 2021

Margaret was a constant in my life, especially in my young life, from hanging out at her house with my first best friend Jane, going to see Pinocchio at the Empire Theater, trip to the White Mountains, swimming in the backyard pond, riding Jackie the donkey, gathering eggs to mention a few. My husband and kids remember blackberries from the Berry Farm. The neighborhood will not be the same without you Margaret.
Thanks for the memories, Love,
Chris, Dan, Kim, & Jim

Ed & Debby Dwyer

6 January 2021

Margaret, and husband Paul, were the heart of Auburn. There was no pretense or fabrcation in their being. Wonderfully authentic , caring persons who always had a smile or pleasant word to share. She, and they, enriched our lives beautifully. Real Amercan heroes we will remember.

Jeanne Prout Delicata

6 January 2021

She was such a kind and gentle woman. My sympathy her family and friends.

Ross Green

6 January 2021

Growing up in Auburn there was ONLY one place to get fresh corn and that was the Berry farm. Many wonderful memories including the tremendous help she and Paul provided when I entered politics. They were lifelong friends of my family and will remain in our hearts forever. We will especially miss her Christmas cards arriving every year and her beautiful penmanship. Lots of love to Jane and Nancy.

Ross &Judi Green

Lacey Donle

5 January 2021

I played trombone with Margaret in the Bath Municipal Band. We always looked forward to the nights she could join practice or concerts. I learned a lot from her and admired the way she made top notch playing look so effortless. Margaret had exceptional skill with the trombone and was generous and humble with her talent, sharing tips and tricks freely and graciously to help newcomers such as myself improve and grow. Knowing her was a blessing and her kindness and genuine warm smile will be missed.