Obituary of Helen Elizabeth Johnston

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Helen E. Johnston of Sheffield, died Monday, November 13th at The McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich, MA

 

She was born, September 18, 1939 in Sheffield, MA, daughter of Russell and Helen Woodbeck.  She was a 1957 graduate of Sheffield High School. After marrying in 1960, she worked at the Canaan Savings Bank and later served as the Office Manager at Custom Extrusion Inc. in Sheffield for over a decade. She also served as the Town Clerk in Sheffield from 2000 through 2003.  Upon retirement, she served as a private health aide for seniors and was a member of the Sheffield Council on Aging, as well as, an active volunteer at the Senior Center.  She was an active and engaged parishioner at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church.

 

For those who knew her, Helen wasn’t afraid to share her perspective and she personified goodness, common sense, and human decency, and had a wonderful sense of humor to top it off.  She loved her grandchildren dearly and welcomed every opportunity to watch them at their various activities and sporting events.

 

She was predeceased by her husband of 51+ years, Richard P Johnston and will be greatly missed by her son Steven, his fiance’ Karen and her adored grandchildren, Gavin, Natalie, Quinn, Lila and Grayson of Sandwich, Mass., her sisters Nancy Smith and Carolyn Wilkinson of Sheffield and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Barbara & Sara. Per Helen’s request there will be no services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Helen Johnston to support cancer research and patient care at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.

10 Responses to Obituary of Helen Elizabeth Johnston

  1. So sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. She was a very dear & special lady. Over the years, I always enjoyed her visits to our office here in Sheffield. My condolences to her family.

    • Steve, Nancy and Helen’s entire family ~~
      My heart and my prayers are beside you in your loss. Helen was extraordinary and as the owner of 954 Home Rd. for past 27 years, I feel her spirit always within these walls and property along with Dick’s. Her love, care, devotion and exuberance for life linger still. I will forever remember her magnificent heart and indefatigable energy. Now she is with the Loving Lord and the angels, with Dick and rest of her family. You can be sure, she is smiling in Peace and Joy! May you find strength in her beautiful life and may you be surrounded by Peace and comfort.. God Bless you.
      With My Deepest Sympathy.

    • As a part of the Sheffield Senior Center, we will all miss Helen dearly. She was a rock for us. Always did what needed doing and never complained. What a wonderful woman.

  2. Steve Brian and I were so saddened of news of mom’s passing.Hoping to be able to visit but she didn’t make it home.We thought fondly of both your .parents Our prayers go out to you and family. Brian+Alice Ovitt

  3. Steve, Nancy and Helen’s entire family ~~
    My heart and my prayers are beside you in your loss. Helen was extraordinary and as the owner of 954 Home Rd. for past 27 years, I feel her spirit always within these walls and property along with Dick’s. Her love, care, devotion and exuberance for life linger still. I will forever remember her magnificent heart and indefatigable energy. Now she is with the Loving Lord and the angels, with Dick and rest of her family. You can be sure, she is smiling in Peace and Joy! May you find strength in her beautiful life and may you be surrounded by Peace and comfort.. God Bless you.
    With My Deepest Sympathy.

  4. Steven and family, so sorry to learn about the death of your mother. I was not aware that the cancer returned with such fury. I enjoyed the many discussions you mother and I had on the steps of the Post Office. It seemed we solved most of the world’s problems during that time. As you are well aware you are the Apple of her eye. She was very proud of you and always mentioned you in our discussions. My condolences.

  5. So sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. Such a great lady. She’s with her husband and no longer in pain.

  6. Steven,
    Our condolences on the loss of your wonderful Mom. She had the greatest sense of humor and will be missed by many.

  7. Dear Steven, Nancy & Carolyn —
    So sorry to learn of Helen’s passing. W hat a special lady – a no-nonsense person! I so enjoyed our conversations about town and any/everything that was on our minds. I feel a special connection, growing up “on the hill”, and knowing that Helen was my babysitter during my own mother’s funeral so many years (60+) ago! Steven, she was SO proud of you and always spoke with such pride and joy about all you were up to. May she rest in peace and may many happy memories help heal your hearts.

  8. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I always enjoyed her great sense of humor and easy nature.

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