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Helen Close

Helen M. Close (Cormier)

Thursday, November 15th, 1917 - Sunday, July 26th, 2020
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Helen M. (Cormier) Close

Of Norton, passed away peacefully on Sunday June 26th, 2020 at Maples Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Wrentham at the age of 102.

Helen was born on November 14, 1917 in Norwood; daughter of the late Simeon and Alice (Goguen) Cormier. She was raised in Norwood, raised her family in Norwood and retired to Falmouth, where she lived for 30 years before moving to Norton in 1990 to be closer to her family.

Helen graduated from Norwood High School with the Class of 1934, She worked as an Assembler during World War II, as did many in her generation, to help support her family and the war effort. She later worked as a bookkeeper and secretary at General Wire & Mfg. Co. in Norwood for over 20 years.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband the late Francis G. Close in 1998 and by her dear daughter, Barbara Riordan in 2010. She was also predeceased by Eric Carter in 2015, the loving husband of her granddaughter, Jennifer.

She was the sister of the late Regina Kavolius, Bertha Canniff, Edna Connolly, Laura Kessler, as well as Alphonse, Albert, Alfred “Cal”, Edmund, Hector, Henry, Leo and Simeon “Cy” Cormier.

Helen is survived by her loving children: Thomas Close and his wife Marie of Plymouth; Maureen Garvey and her husband Robert of North Attleboro; as well as Daniel Riordan of Concord, the husband of her late daughter Barbara. She is also survived by her 6 cherished grandchildren: Lisa Webster and her husband Kerry of Frisco, TX; David Riordan and his wife Barbara of Pelham, NH; Jennifer Carter of Dighton; Christopher Garvey and his wife Brittany of Attleboro; Alison Rich and her husband Ronald of Portland, OR; and Michael Close of New Bedford. She was blessed with 4 adoring great grandchildren Cole Webster, Benjamin Riordan, Madison Garvey, and Emily Carter.

Helen is also survived by her dear sister, Alice Zinkowski of BoothBay Harbor, ME as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Out of genuine concern for those we love and care deeply about during this difficult time throughout the world and in our community; Helen's immediate family will gather to celebrate her life and share their memories in a private funeral service at the Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons Memorial Chapels in Waltham. A private burial will be held at the Massachusetts Veterans National Cemetery in Bourne.

In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Friends of Thai Daughters, P.O. Box 370, Trevett, ME 04571 or by going to

The Brasco & Sons Memorial Funeral Home of WALTHAM assisted Helen's family with arrangements.
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    Connery Ave. - MacArthur Blvd. (Rte.#28) Otis AFB
    Bourne, Massachusetts 02532
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Pat Gazzola

Posted at 09:53am
I really did think your mom would live forever. After your father passed... I knew she could keep on going and going and going. But she could do this with her inner determination to continue to love life and most of all her children. You both cared for her.. being sure she was well cared for in all of the places she lived after leaving the Cape. Your kids loved those trips down to Falmouth to visit and after a full day, never minded falling to sleep with their pillows in the back of the car.I was thankful to help with her decision to live in Norton... close enough to see you frequently and still enjoying her independence.
With longevity in her blood lines... I am not at all surprised that even beyond her 100 birthday party she continued to thrive and made the best of her stay at Maples. I will never forget your devotion to her Now that she is forever resting in peace beside your father, I hope you can find comfort in knowing that she never forgot how much she was loved by you, and that years and years of wonderful memories are buried in her heart and yours..... living on forever.
With All Our Love,
Pat & Lou

Maureen Garvey Posted at 12:32pm

Thank you so much Pat. Her family cherished all those visits with her in Falmouth and Norton. She was indeed a very special lady who was adored by her family and she will surely be missed.

Patty Zinkowski

Posted at 12:44pm
I'll always remember Aunt Helen and Uncle Francis as kind, happy and fun to be with - especially when they came down to visit us at our cottage in Barnstable on Cape Cod each summer. Dick's bar & grill would be open and Uncle Frank would be flipping burgers or helping dad launch the boat. Aunt Helen and mom would sit in their lounge chairs on the beach enjoying each other's company while watching us kids play in the surf. Sometimes we'd go clam digging and get the boat beached but no one cared...we'd wait for the tide to come in (eventually) and all make it home safely. Aunt Helen always showed a genuine interest in me and my brother (Steve) as we grew up. When they moved to Falmouth, we were able to have some nice visits from time to time. It was always a blast to see the Closes, Riordans, and Garveys at the HUGE Cormier reunions! Cheers to a long life, very well lived! Patty & Alice Zinkowski

Maureen Garvey Posted at 12:28pm

Awww....thank you so much cousin. In Mom's later years, we had many conversations and trips down memory lane about the Zinkowski cottage in Barnstable. She also cherished the outings there with her beloved sisters; that was always one of the biggest highlights of her summer back in the day. Lots of wonderful memories for the Close and Zinkowski families for sure.

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