Helen B. Gottier

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Helen B. Gottier, 92, of Tolland, beloved wife of the late Albert Gottier, departed this earth on Jan. 16, 2013. It was, in her words, "a long, laborious journey," which ended with loving family and friends surrounding her in the days before her passing.

She was born on March 6, 1920, in Fairbury, Ill., the daughter of John and Fredericka (Armbruster) Beckley. She is survived by her brother, Robert Beckley, and his wife, Martha, of Fairbury, Ill.; and sisters-in-law, Mary Beckley of Fairbury and Norma Beckley of Stockbridge, Ga.; along with many nieces and nephews. She was treasured by her five children and their spouses: Patricia Gottier, and her husband, Bruce Kaufmann, Janet LaPointe, and her husband, Philip, Robert Gottier, and his wife, Lisa, Timothy Gottier and friend, Joanna Manzo, and Rosemary Toth, and her husband, Greg; nine grandchildren and their spouses, Randall LaPointe, Julia Gottier, Eric Gottier, Anthony Gottier, Walter Gottier, Troy Gottier, and his wife, Megan, Nicholas Gottier, Amy Toth, and her husband, Fernando Miguez, and Ann Marie Toth, and her husband, Carl Legleiter; and five great-grandchildren. She was a devoted member of the Apostolic Christian Church, where she leaves behind a host of friends and relatives.

The funeral arrangements have been entrusted with Small and Pietras Funeral Home.

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at the Apostolic Christian Church, 34 Middle Butcher Road, Ellington.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. also at the Apostolic Christian Church. Burial will follow at Ellington Cemetery in Ellington.

The family would also like to extend special thanks to the many friends and relatives who faithfully visited, called, and corresponded with Helen over the years and to the staff at Norah's Place who so diligently and lovingly cared for her for the past two years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church, the Visiting Nurses and Health Services of Connecticut, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT 06066; or Norah's Place, 57 Elm St., Vernon, CT 06066.

Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 18 to Jan. 22, 2013