February 22, 2014

Burial Date


BENEDICT, HELEN HOPKINS, 92, of Hanover, N.H., died at Kendal at Hanover on February 22, 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 to their home on the courthouse green in Chelsea. Don Benedict predeceased her in 1995. Helen moved to Kendal at Hanover in 2003. She considered herself very fortunate to be residing at Kendal, where she 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 and George Metzger, of Cambridge, Mass., as well as five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

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