PORTLAND – Helen F. Morneault, 95, a 12-year resident of the Woods at Canco died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, surrounded by her children at Gosnell Memorial House, Scarborough. Helen was born July 31, 1917, in Bangor, the daughter of Alfred G. and Emma (Rogers) Sawyer.
She was a graduate of the class of 1936 from Bangor High School. Helen married her high school sweetheart Claude Morneault Oct. 12, 1940, and together they raised five children. Claude predeceased her Feb. 9, 1992. After raising her family Helen worked for Maine Medical Center as the manager of the coffee shop for approximately five years. In 1958 she and her husband purchased land on Little Sebago Lake, and for the rest of her life she enjoyed the lake and the home her husband had built there. For years Helen also enjoyed her winter home in Clearwater, Fla., where she played golf, bingo, and enjoyed flea market shopping. While at the Woods at Canco she continued to enjoy her bingo, weekly outings for lunch, and the entertainment offered there.
In addition to her husband, Helen was predeceased by her parents and siblings. Helen is survived by her children, Claudette Beaumont and her husband, Donald, of Bow, N.H., and Port Richey, Fla., Richard A. Morneault of Colorado Springs, Colo., John Morneault and his partner, Susan Meisner, of Windham and Fort Myers, Fla., Priscilla Cutts of Windham, and Ronald S. Morneault and his wife, Naomi, of the Philippines; and her grandchildren, Kimberly Benincasa of Bow, N.H., James Beaumont and Pamela of New Boston, N.H., Kent Morneault and Carmen of Napa Valley, Calif., Scott Morneault and Ms. Michelle Morneault Plant of Burlington, Mass., Benjamin Morneault of Townsend, Mass., Sarah Morneault of Windham, John Morneault Jr. of Wakefield, Mass., Erica Savage and Steven of Billerica, Mass., and Isaac and Abigail Morneault of the Philippines. Also surviving are 16 great-grandchildren; nephews, William Sawyer and Nancy of Scarborough, and James Sawyer and Laura of Rogers, Ark.; niece, Mary Sawyer Allen and Jon of Maryland; as well as her beloved cat, Tinkerbell. A special thank you to Doctors Nicole Cherbuliez and Paul Sevieny for Helen’s excellent care throughout the years; to the emergency room staff at Maine Medical Center, and especially Roger and the staff at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for their help and kindness to Helen and her children during her final days.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation 4-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will be immediately after at Evergreen Cemetery, Portland. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to Gosnell Memorial House, Scarborough. Online condolences may be made to Helen’s family at www.jonesrichandhutchins.com.