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Obituary: Helen J. Charpentier

June 7, 1930-Aug. 1, 2006

East County resident Helen J. Charpentier, 76, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, in Eagle Creek.

Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at Gresham Funeral Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

A recitation of the Rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2310 S.E. 148th Ave., Portland. A funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m., also at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. A reception will follow. Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park, 10600 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Helen was born June 7, 1930, in Vancouver, Wash., to Fred and Hilda (Seeley) Smith. When she was young, she moved with her family to Sandy, where she graduated from Sandy High School in 1948.

As a young adult, Helen worked for the phone company in Sandy for several years. On Jan. 24, 1953, she married Harvey Charpentier in Portland. They moved to East County in 1978.

Helen worked as a bookkeeper in a number of places, including Sites-Silver Wheel, Superior Fast Freight, Nordstrom, St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and Mobile Estates.

She was a member of the altar society and the parent teacher association at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, and the altar guild at St. Joseph the Worker. When Helen was younger, she coached softball and played tennis. She enjoyed ceramics, gardening and cooking.

In 2002, Helen was preceded in death by her husband. Survivors include her sons, Ronald Charpentier and Harvey Charpentier Jr., both of Portland, and Joseph Charpentier of Eagle Creek; daughters, Maureen Longfellow of Seaside, Bertille Lewis of Portland, Sherilyn Walsh of Washougal, Wash., and Patricia Ferguson of De Smet, S.D.; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Gresham Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.