Mary Elizabeth Berntsen

  • Died: November 22, 2019
  • Location: Derry, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary Elizabeth Berntsen, 82, of Derry, NH died November 22, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of Joshiah and Anna (Mitchell) Dyer.
Mary enjoyed spending time with her friends of the Abbott House in Derry where she resided for the last 16 years. She volunteered for hospice for many years and she was an animal advocate. Above all else, she cherished time spent with her family.
She was predeceased by her husband, Harold A. Berntsen in 2002. She was also predeceased by two daughters, Cathleen McElroy and Helen Marie Richards as well as siblings Walter Dyer, Philip Dyer, Edward Dyer, Richard Dyer, Anna Wanders and Geraldine Mitchell.
Family members include her sons, Harold Berntsen Jr and wife Gabriele of Germany, Christopher Berntsen and wife Susan of Derry, Michael Berntsen and wife Susan of Manchester, Shawn Berntsen and wife Katie of Raymond, NH; her daughters, Frances LeLacheur and husband John of Wenham, MA, Ann Marie Berntsen and partner Lisa Cashins of Reading, MA; twenty grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; one sister, Frances Burke of Malden, MA; several nephews, nieces and cousins.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 in the chapel at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., Manchester. Committal prayers and burial followed in Great Hill Cemetery, Chester.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amedisys Compassionate Hospice Care, 18 Orchard View Drive, Unit 4, Londonderry, NH 03053.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

My heart is broken to hear this. I only knew Mary for a short time. But it was the best couple of months getting to see her every day.. Rest Easy Mary

Posted by Crystal Bryant - Haverhill, MA - friend   November 26, 2019

I will always remember Aunt Mary my prayers are with you all
Edmund Dyer

Posted by Edmund Dyer - west palm bch, FL - Family   November 25, 2019


To Mary's family,
First, our sincere condolences at the passing of your mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, etc. We will miss her greatly, as you all will.
We have been friends of Mary for the past 18+ years, meeting her at Living WayChurch where we worshipped God together and where our friendship grew throughout the years. We loved Mary very much and she always brought a smile to our hearts with her quick humor and honesty :). While we are very saddened with the passing of our friend, we also rejoice that Mary knew where she was going once her life here on earth ended, and for that, we will be forever grateful! Free from pain and struggles that she experienced, we know how much she loved and believed in Father God, and we know she is singing and rejoicing in Heaven with Father God, Jesus, Holy Spirit and all that went before her. And we know we will see her again one day! Praying God's comfort and peace to you all during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely, Peter and Linda Dupont

Posted by Peter and Linda Dupont - Manchester, NH - Friend   November 24, 2019


I always have fond memories of Mary and myself walking our first babies together in their carriages many years ago when she lived in Chelsea, ma.

Posted by Judith Dyer - chelsea, MA - Family   November 24, 2019

You are being welcomed home with trumpets and praise. Well done my daughter you've have left behind the greatest gift - LOVE.

Posted by Clifford Harris - Amherst, NH - Friend   November 23, 2019

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