Lebanon, NH- Berenice H. Brooks, 72, of Grafton Road in Townshend and a lifelong resident of the West River Valley, passed away peacefully Friday night, September 6, 2019 with her family at her side at The Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care following a lengthy illness.
Berenice was born in Brattleboro on November 21, 1946, the daughter of Frank and Leslie (Barber) Hamilton of Newfane. She was raised and educated in Newfane, graduating from Leland & Gray Seminary with the Class of 1965.
She had been employed in the offices of Dr. Edward Mulhern in Townshend. Previously she worked at Mary Meyer Toy Company and in the healthcare field which included driving ambulances.
Active civically, Berenice served on the Townshend Select board and Planning Commission and held membership in the American Legion Auxiliary, West River Post #16 in Townshend.
Berenice enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and watching her son Kevin and grandson Brayden at local truck and tractor pull competitions. She also followed her grandchildren’s sports endeavors. Berenice also enjoyed travel, trips to Lake Winnipesaukee and time with her three pet cats.
On December 11, 1965 at her parent’s home in Newfane, in the presence of family and close friends, she was married to David G. Brooks who predeceased her on April 12, 2000.
Survivors include: her three children, Christine Erunski (Tim) of Chesterfield, NH, Michele Brooks of Townshend and Kevin Brooks (Tracy) of Brookline; five grandchildren, Allysun, David, Emma, Connor and Brayden; great grandson, Brody; one sister, Ruth Daigneault and her dear close friend, Kit Martin.
Additionally, she leaves several nieces, nephews, in-laws, dear friends and her beloved cats.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her parents, one brother, George Hamilton and dear friend, Art Monette.
Graveside services will be conducted Sunday, September 22nd at 12:00 p.m. in Oakwood Cemetery, 41 Cemetery Road in Townshend. For those who plan on attending the services, in honor of Berenice, please bring broccoli and a favorite memory to share of her.
A memorial gathering and potluck reception will follow at the Newbrook Fire Station.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Berenice’s name may be made to Windham County Humane Society, PO Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302, or to The Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care, Office of Development, 1 Medical Center Drive, HB 7070, Lebanon, NH 03756.
Berenice’s family wishes to convey their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Dr. Robert Backus for his care and compassion shown during her illness.