Helen M. (Cormier) Close
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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 www.friendsoftaidaughters.org
The Brasco & Sons Memorial Funeral Home of WALTHAM assisted Helen's family with arrangements.