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The Fortin Group

217 Turner Street, Auburn, ME

OBITUARY

Helen A. Sleeper

November 21, 1936October 28, 2019
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Helen Adrienne Strout Sleeper, 82, of Greene, Maine, passed away on October 28, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family after a short battle with cancer. Born to Edwin and Violet Strout on November 21, 1936 in Auburn, Maine, She considered herself a “Daddies girl,” and enjoyed fishing and learning how to swim with her Dad. Helen grew up attending Mechanic Falls schools graduating from Stephen’s High School in Rumford class of 1955 where she was selected as one of the top ten most attractive women in her class.

On June 18,1955 Helen married Richard Elliot Dunn in Auburn, Me. While raising seven children, she worked as a Nurse’s Aid, a cook at Poland Community School, and at the Marcal Paper Mill in Mechanic Falls. In later years she migrated to Florida, cooking at a local restaurant. Eventually, Helen returned to Maine where she met and married Walter “Pete” Sleeper residing in Woolwich Maine. During their 24 years of marriage, they enjoyed making each other laugh, going out to eat, and traveling. She took pleasure in her home, music, puzzle books, and reading . She was a meticulous planner, always thinking ahead and never forgot a special occasion. "Our Hazel" had expressed that she was looking forward to the upcoming holidays and the homecooked food with family.

She will be missed for her contagious laugh, quick-witted sense of humor, love for family and endless unjudgmental conversations over coffee.

There to greet her are; Her Parents, Richard Dunn, Walter “Pete” Sleeper, Son Kerry Jon Dunn, Daughter Marcia Lynn Gagne; Sisters Sandra Dubois, and Brenda Childs; Brothers Don, Everett, and Jim Hutchins; Son-in-Law Lloyd A. Boyd, Jr. “Chip,” Great-Granddaughter Olyvia Hickman and her beloved cat Keeda.

Left to cherish her memory are her children; Debra Boyd, Kristine (Ira) Simmons, Reginald “Scott” Dunn, Joyce (John) Giguiere, Diane (Jeff) Dustin, Son-in-Law Arthur Gagne, Sisters, Shirley Shover and Mae Diane Gerhart, Grandchildren, Troy, Toby, Matthew and Megan Boyd, Heidi Hickman, Scott and Chad Dunn, Danielle Withey, Devon Atwood, Destiny Gagne, Justin and Dylan Jewell, Amanda Earls, Travis and Tyler Hale and John Ponger, 22 Great Grandchildren, 3 Great-Great Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to her sister-in-law, Marilyn Dunn for her unwavering friendship and always putting a smile on her face, and for the loving support and care shown to Helen by Dr. Stadnicki, Dr. Agnahotri and their staff, nurse Lisa and the Staff of Androscoggin Home Heath & Hospice for guiding her journey.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Helen’s name to Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice; 15 Strawberry Ave. Lewiston, Maine 04240

A celebration of Helen's life service will be held on Sunday, November 3rd at 11am at the Fortin Group Funeral Home in Auburn.

  • FAMILY

  • There to greet her are; Her Parents, Richard Dunn, Walter “Pete” Sleeper, Son Kerry Jon Dunn, Daughter Marcia Lynn Gagne; Sisters Sandra Dubois, and Brenda Childs; Brothers Don, Everett, and Jim Hutchins; Son-in-Law Lloyd A. Boyd, Jr. “Chip,” Great-Granddaughter Olyvia Hickman and her beloved cat Keeda.

    Left to cherish her memory are her children; Debra Boyd, Kristine (Ira) Simmons, Reginald “Scott” Dunn, Joyce (John) Giguiere, Diane (Jeff) Dustin, Son-in-Law Arthur Gagne, Sisters, Shirley Shover and Mae Diane Gerhart, Grandchildren, Troy, Toby, Matthew and Megan Boyd, Heidi Hickman, Scott and Chad Dunn, Danielle Withey, Devon Atwood, Destiny Gagne, Justin and Dylan Jewell, Amanda Earls, Travis and Tyler Hale and John Ponger, 22 Great Grandchildren, 3 Great-Great Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice; 15 Strawberry Ave. Lewiston, Maine 04240

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Sunday, November 3, 2019

Memories

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Tiffany Boyd

November 2, 2019

Not much of a memeory but more of a statement her great great grandaughter shares a smile with her and i am so happy she got to meet and hold all three of my children in my life 💖 she has given me priceless advise that i will continue to hold onto 💖 i love and miss her.

Mae Diane Gerhart

October 31, 2019

My sister Helen and your Dad came to Mississippi yrs ago, I believe it was 1979. They stopped at the post office here in Columbus & called me up. Helen said “hey Sis, can we come see you we are in town”What a great surprise! This was our first meeting. It was like we knew each other all our lives. They spent the night & left for Florida the next day.I am so thankful for that memory. Helen & I have corresponded since I was 20 yrs old. I’m going to miss her& her letters. I wish we hadn’t been so far away from one another. One sweet day in heaven we will be reunited. Love you Helen, your sister Mae Diane Gerhart.

Mark Sleeper

October 31, 2019

so sorry to hear about Helen. we are sending prayers to her family and friends.

Roger Bouffard

October 31, 2019

To Mrs. Sleeper's Family,

Our condolences to your family. May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with Mrs. Sleeper comfort you and your family, today and always.

Roger M. & Yvonne F. Bouffard

Shirley Shover

October 30, 2019

My dear sister we always had many laughs. l love my sister so much a. Never ever disagreed about anything. Will be missed alot,until we meet again in Heaven for the Big Family Party.

Matthew Boyd

October 30, 2019

I remember gram would visit house with mom and my dog jasmin would always lay by her side she was such a wonderfull person and always had us laughing ever since we were little love you gram till we meet again matthew

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