ALLENSTOWN - Oscar Berlan, 84, of Allenstown, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Sept. 5, 1928, in Malden, Mass., a son of the late Oscar Berlan Sr. and Marie C. (Harris) Berlan Jacobs.
Oscar served in the U.S. Army
during World War II
as a medic in the Philippines and received the World War II Victory Medal.
He operated his own painting business for many years before working for the Malden Housing Authority for more than 24 years. After his retirement, Mr. Berlan began making dollhouses, which have become treasured keepsakes for his daughters, daughters-in-law and granddaughters.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joyce (Nealley) Berlan of Allenstown; seven children, Michael Berlan of Scituate, Mass., Deborah Catalado of Stoneham, Mass., Denise Bowen of Scituate, Mass., Kim St. George of Allenstown, Jacquelyn Boal of Londonderry, Laurie Ballou of Wilmington, Mass., and John C. Berlan of Haslet, Texas; 14 grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren; four siblings, Richard Berlan of Pennsylvania, Phyllis Bartlet of Florida, Elizabeth Anderson of Haverhill, Mass., and Mary Jane Focht of Malden, Mass.; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by three siblings, Henry Berlan, formerly of Texas, Dorothy Lauritzen, formerly of Malden, Mass., and Donald Berlan, formerly of Maine.
services: Calling hours will be held Monday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Committal will follow in the N.H. State Veterans Cemetery, Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, at 1:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284, earmarked for Lung Cancer, or to the Mystic Valley Elder Services, 300 Commercial St., No. 19, Malden, MA 02148.
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