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.Â 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.