Helen (Hopkins) Benedict
Hanover, N.H. — Helen (Hopkins) Benedict, 92, died at Kendal of Hanover on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, surrounded by family and caring health care providers. Born and raised in Madison, Wis., she was the daughter of Bess (Brewer) Hopkins and Andrew W. Hopkins, a professor at the University of Wisconsin.
After completing her college education at Carleton College and the University of Wisconsin, she married Donald Benedict, a nuclear physicist, whom she met when he offered to tutor her in physics. His career took the family to Palo Alto, Calif.; Zurich, Switzerland; and Portland, Ore. In 1973, they moved to Chelsea Vt., and Helen started working for the state of Vermont, initially in the Office on Aging and then as an administrative assistant to the editor of Vermont Life magazine.
Following her retirement, the Benedicts enjoyed frequent travel to Australia, as well as back to Zurich, and welcomed their family and many friends from all over the world as often as possible to their home on the courthouse green in Chelsea. Don Benedict predeceased her in 1995. Helen moved to Kendal of Hanover in 2003. She considered herself very fortunate to be residing at Kendal, where enjoyed the company of the many fellow residents she met and received excellent care.
She is survived by her children, David and Kristi Benedict of Tualatin, Ore., Lee and Mary Benedict of Ellicott City, Md., and Jane (Benedict) and George Metzger of Cambridge, Mass.; as well as five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Donations in her memory may be sent to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 825 Hammonds Ferry Road, Suite H, Linthicum, Maryland 21090 or Vermont Public Radio, 365 Troy Avenue, Colchester, VT 05446.
Burial is planned at a later date in Chelsea.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com