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Helena Gordon Chapin
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Birth: Mar. 12, 1911
Vermont, USA
Death: Apr. 9, 2011
Cumberland County
Maine, USA


Helena Chapin, a resident of the Wardwell in Saco for the last 9 years died early on Saturday morning, April 9th at the Gosnell House in Scarborough at age 100. She was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on March 12, 1911 and moved to Chicopee, Massachusetts with her parents Ella and Robert Gordon and her twin sister Helen in 1917. Helena lived in Chicopee for 82 years! She worked for Fisk Tire Rubber and Westinghouse Companies in Chicopee before she married E. Warren Chapin in 1938. When their two children, Janet and Gordon reached school age, Helena went to work as a librarian where she worked for 22 years in the Chicopee, Chicopee Falls and Willimansett branches of the Chicopee Public Library system. Helena lived in her own home and drove until she was 91! She moved to Saco, Maine in 2002 to be near her daughter. On March 13th, Union Church in Biddeford Pool, where she was a member and her family honored her with a special worship service and 100th birthday celebration. Only three weeks later she fell ill with pneumonia, which claimed her life. She loved cats, enjoyed crocheting, braiding rugs, singing in the choir, acting in plays and " raising two good kids" which she claims is the highlight of her life. When asked to what she attributes her long life, she responded, " Just lucky, I guess!" Helena leaves her son Gordon W. Chapin who lives which his wife Patti in Leesburg, Florida and her daughter Janet Hryniewicz who lives with her husband Ed in Ocean Park. She also leaves 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. A service of memorial will be held at the Cierpial Funeral Home at 69 East Street in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts on Saturday, April 30th at 11:00 am. Her ashes will be laid to rest beside her husband in the Fairview Cemetery in Chicopee. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the mission work of Union Church, P.O. Box 344, Biddeford Pool, Maine 04006 or to Hospice of Southern Maine. Local arrangements are by Dennett, Craig & Pate 365 Main St, Saco Maine. 
Fairview Cemetery
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: John W. Van Dyke
Record added: Apr 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68128896


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