Helen Whitman

Helen Olive Whitman (Gauthier)

Wednesday, January 18th, 1922 - Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
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Helen Olive Whitman, 98, widow of Edward J. Whitman, a resident of Greenview Drive, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at her daughters home on Greenview Drive following a long illness. Helen had resided on Morgan for over 60 years before moving in with her daughter.

Born in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts on January 18, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Alphonse B. and Susan Mae (Brousseau) Gauthier. Helen received her education in the Bennington schools.

Mr. & Mrs. Whitman were married at St. Francis de Sales Rectory in Bennington on November 28, 1940. Mr. Whitman died June 13, 1972.

Helen was employed at Union Carbide Corporation for 23 years prior to her retirement in 1984. For many years she volunteered as a member and chairperson of the Gray Ladies at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. She also volunteered at RSVP, the Blood Mobile, Red Cross store and the former Bennington Convalescent Center. Her home and her family were her main interest. She enjoyed walking, playing cards with friends and family, bowled in the senior league, played golf and was an avid reader.

The family would like to thank VNA & Hospice for the excellent care that they gave to their Mother. They would also like to thank all of the restaurants who participate in the Dinner With Love program.

Survivors include a daughter, Sue A. Connor and her partner Bill Deery of Bennington; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward J. and Francine Whitman of Leesburg, FL; four grandchildren, Lisa Emery and her husband Tim of Florida; Kim Bradford and her husband Andy of Missouri, Stacey Turgeon of Bennington and Renee Nimblett and her husband Nate of Vergennes; nine great-grandchildren, Christopher, Dillon, Joshua, Olivia, Loraine, Lauren, Cody, James and Brett; a sister, Claire Bishop of Bennington and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Angela Marie Whitman and four sisters, Evelyn Dakin, Mildred Blake, Rhea Pronto and Rita Farrington; five brothers, Benjamin, Ernest, Leo, Francis and Robert Gauthier.

The funeral will be held from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. where the Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Should friends desire memorial contributions in Helen Whitman’s Memory may be made to HIS Pantry or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.
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Service Details

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, September 21st, 2020 11:00am
    Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church
    238 W. Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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    Rev. Robert Wiseman, c.s.c.
  • Interment

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 |
    Monday, September 21st, 2020
    Park Lawn Cemetery
    South Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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John Ryan

Posted at 01:53pm
So sorry about your mother please except my deepest condolences.

John, Laura, Gabrielle and Hannah Griffin

Posted at 11:04am
We want to express our condolences and let you know our prayers are with you. Sending our love to all.
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Louis Guariniello

Posted at 04:57pm
Dear Sue,
On Tuesday we wondered why there was so much activity of persons at your home, and then today's Banner confirmed our suspicion. We are sorry for your loss of your mother. Even though you knew3 this day was drawing near, it is never easy to say goodbye-to lose one's mother. You are blessed to have a large family and a multitude of friends to support and comfort you. We hold you in our thoughts and prayers trusting that as you walk through this dark valley your faith and trust in God will carry you on to tomorrow's where the life and love you had for your mother, and that she had for you, will bring to you many moments of joy filled tears and rejoicing of that relationship. Know that the peace and love of God is always with you.
Your neighbors - Lou and Marie Guariniello

Mary Ryan

Posted at 03:26pm
I remember Helen was in a candlepin bowling league - good memories of a fine lady.

diane proulx

Posted at 10:07am

To you Sue and your family, what a wonderful picture of your mom! She was quite a lady! I will always remember her with a smile! She had a long life! You must have so many wonderful memories, May she RIP, may God bless all of you! Love, Diane Proulx


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