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Helen Cogbill 1915-2015

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Helen Kellogg Cogbill, aged 99, died at Harvest Hill in Lebanon N.H., on Saturday March 7, surrounded by her family. She was born in Pittsfield, on Christmas Eve 1915. She was a 1937 graduate of Smith College and also attended Miss Mill's School in Pittsfield, and was graduated from Pittsfield High School.
She was a lifelong member of the 1st Church of Christ, Congregational in Pittsfield. She was also a member of the Blue Stocking Club in Berkshire County and was on the boards of Pittsfield General Hospital and the Berkshire Historical Society. Her family spent summers at East Boothbay, Maine where she loved to jig for flounder and eat lobster.
She raised her family in Pittsfield and moved to Wellesley in 1964. In 1995 she and her husband returned to Pittsfield to her mother's house (the house where she was born) on Dawes Avenue.
Helen enjoyed playing bridge, doing jigsaw puzzles, using the computer, and reading. She loved books all her life and worked in several bookstores in the Boston area. She was a student of history and had a lifelong interest in current affairs.
Survivors include four children, Anne Rose (Jonathan), Helen (Vicky) Cooper (late John), Charles Cogbill (Rachel), Thomas Cogbill (Jan); 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was married to Bell Alexander Cogbill in June 1943. He died in October 2005.
Helen had a wonderful sense of humor. Her family and friends were everything to her and she was greatly loved by everyone she knew. There will be a celebration of her life on the Fourth of July, 2015 in Vermont.
Contributions can be made in her memory to Stockbridge Library Association Museum and Archives, Gunderson Medical Foundation or the Berkshire Historical Society.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 10, 2015
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