Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Helen in the mid-1970's; she was a long-time good friend of my then-new husband. We enjoyed her company everywhere we met her place, our place, Maine. We read her writings, argued the finer points of life with her, and laughed a lot together. Later, she welcomed my son and me to her apartment. I fell asleep after a long drive, waking up to a VERY silent space. Looking around, I realized there was happy noise outside the windows, and found she had taken him down to the backyard basketball court where he was fully engaged in the neighborhood game. What a treat! Another visit, she had carefully acquired a breakfast bread from a well-known local bakery, hoping it would be OK in comparison to a holiday loaf I sent each winter (it absolutely WAS!). We'd review the health status of her extensive balcony garden. She introduced me to favorite local restaurants. Her friendship and hospitality was beyond generous. I miss her greatly!

Posted by Carolyn Haack - Glenview, IL - Friend   April 10, 2021

Helen was an incredibly vivacious and curious person who was very humble about her vast knowledge, and I sorely miss her. We had many great conversations about CL, George Orwell, and art. I have so many great memories of our encounters that it's hard to select just one but I will always treasure the ones related to visits with her in her home. I am praying for the repose of her soul and for the comfort of her family. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord.

Posted by Henry Artis - New York, NY - Friend   April 06, 2021

Aunt Helen was my fave aunt and I was her fave niece (our secret!). Our phone conversations were always lively and entertaining. We agreed on most topics (although we never discussed religion) and if we didn't, she was always respectful and sympathetic. I will miss our delightful repartees which were filled with her cheerfulness, her hearty laughter and, often, her wry sense of humor. I never heard her complain although she developed many medical issues. When I asked about her health, she would promptly change the subject. MY AUNT HELEN WAS A HOOT AND I MISS HER❤G

Posted by AVA MATHEWS ROSENBERG - SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Family   April 05, 2021

Baruch Dayan Emet may your mother's memory be of a blessing.

Posted by Doug Wiggins - Friend   April 05, 2021

Hellen, on those occasions when I stayed in your home, you always made me feel that you were offering, "Ma maison est ta maison."

Posted by richard ebner - rockland, ME - Family Friend   April 02, 2021