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Helen E. Norris

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ARLINGTON -- Helen E. Norris, 91, formerly a resident of both Arlington and Bennington, died Monday Dec. 1, 2003 at the Woodlands Genesis Elder Care in Plainfield, N.J. Mrs. Norris was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Nov. 13, 1912. As a young girl, she had worked as the school secretary in Ardsley, N.Y., in addition, she was an honorary member of the Company “L” 82nd Airborne Association.

She moved to Arlington in 1947 and there with her husband, owned and operated a 40-acre farm for 33 years. During the 1960s thru the 1970s she had worked for R.K. Miles Lumber Co. as a secretary-bookkeeper. In 1980 she moved to Bennington where she gave much of her time as a volunteer to the American Red Cross and to the friends of the Bennington Free Library.

While in Bennington, she was also a member of the RSVP and the Christian Science Church. Mrs. Norris moved to South Plainfield in 2000 and resided in Plainfield since 2001.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Alice and Walter DiNizo of South Plainfield, N.J.; her granddaughters Ellen Peifer of Greentown, Pa. and Jane Mawicke of Chicago, Ill.; and her great-grandchildren Corine and Jay.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald in 1980 and by her sisters Muriel Berthelson and May Berglund and her brother Robert Berthelson.

Graveside committal services will be held on Friday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. at the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery in Arlington with the Rev. George Eberly, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Bennington, officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to either the Bennington Free Library, Bennington Rescue Squad or the Arlington Rescue Squad in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 2, 2003
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