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Helen L. Chadwick
MIDDLETOWN - Helen Louise (Reichert) Chadwick,

of Valley Road in Middletown, died on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at home after a short illness.
She was the wife of the late Cecil Chadwick.
Born in Niagara Falls, New York on November 19, 1915, Mrs. Chadwick lived in that city, and in neighboring Lewiston, until 2004 when she moved to Rhode Island.
She was the daughter of Julia (Whitney) and George Reichert and the granddaughter of John and Josephine Whitney and Christian and Rose Reichert. As genealogy was an interest, she had traced one line of her family to John Whitney, who was baptized in St. Margaretís Westminster (London) on July 20, 1592.
Throughout her life, from the age of about 5, Mrs. Chadwick and her family summered in the Kawartha region of central Ontario, first renting a cottage from the fire ranger on Lake Catchacoma, than building a large log cabin on the property next door. From her earliest years until her 80ís, she spent all or part of nearly every summer there, boating, swimming, bird watching and reveling in the solitude. The experience was as formative for her, her grandparents and parents as it later became for her own children.
A 1934 graduate of Niagara Falls High School, Mrs. Chadwick attended Cornell University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, President of the Cornell Home Economics Club, Chairman of College Guides, and a member of the Cornell University Religious Work group. Interested especially in dramatics and rifle shooting, she also maintained a scholastic standing which placed her near the head of her class. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from Cornell in 1938, she worked as a home economist for the Westinghouse Corporation until her marriage. Her job involved traveling throughout New England and New York State displaying the latest appliances in the Westinghouse line, often while giving cooking demonstrations.
On September 20, 1941, she married Cecil George Henry Chadwick of West New York, New Jersey, with whom she had three daughters. Mr. Chadwick was a research metallurgist with the Union Carbide Company who, during World War II, worked on the Manhattan Project in alloy research and development. He died of Parkinsonís disease in 1979.
Mrs. Chadwick was deeply involved in the Niagara Falls area community, as a member of Planned Parenthood and the Niagara Falls Service League. She was also an active member of St. Paulís Episcopal Church in Lewiston, where she served in numerous capacities. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels and at Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital, and served on the boards of directors of both Old Fort Niagara and the Lewiston Museum. She was a member of The Tatler, a womenís club, the Lewiston Historical Society, Monday Club and several book clubs. She also played bridge and took numerous crafts classes over the years, in needlepoint, stenciling, millinery, and the like. She was an avid gardener, dressmaker, and, in later years, walker, covering more than four miles a day until her early 90ís. Travel, however, was her real passion and, with her husband and alone or with friends after his death, she visited Spain and the Canary Islands, England and Ireland many times, Scotland and Wales, Scandinavia, Greece, Yugoslavia and France, as well as many parts of the U.S.
In 2004 Mrs. Chadwick moved to Middletown, RI to live closer to her daughters. She quickly came to love the area, especially its historic aspects and landscapes. While able, she attended St. Columbaís Chapel in Middletown.
Her daughters, Whitney and her husband Robert Bechtle of San Francisco and Westport, MA, Linda and her husband William Byrn of Cambridge, MA, and Sara and her husband Art Weekley of Middletown survive Mrs. Chadwick. A brother, Edward, of Gorham, NH and several nieces and nephews, also survive her.
Her younger brother John predeceased her.
A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 2 p.m. at St. Columbaís Chapel, 55 Vaucluse Avenue in Middletown.
Visiting hours are respectfully omitted.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Chadwickís memory to the Blenheim Holiday Fund, 303 Valley Road, Middletown, RI 02842.
For more information please visit www.onhfh.com

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