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Helen L. Grondin, 67
1946 - 2014
LEWISTON -- Helen Louise (Swift) Grondin, 67, of Lewiston, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, Feb. 5, 2014, in her sleep.
She was born in Portland on Dec. 3, 1946, the daughter of Herbert W. and Dorothy F. (Meader) Swift. She was raised in Sagamore Village and attended Lincoln Jr. High School in Portland, and also attended Edward Little high School in Auburn.
Helen was a hard worker and held employment at local shoe shops and Country Kitchen Bakery. She retired in 2000.
She met Rosaire R. Grondin in 1964. They were married in Sacred Heart Church in Auburn on Nov. 12, 1966.
Helen was impressionable, very outgoing, a quick witted individual. She had the luck 0' the Irish, loved to dance, was always ready for a good time, and was also known as 'Helen doll' and 'Ya-yatz.'
She was raised on big band swing, with artists Frank Sinatra, Jack Jones, Sarah Vaughn, and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few. Soul music, including The Whispers, Chaka Khan, and Whitney Houston was also played often.
Helen loved the Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins. She enjoyed attending her grandson Cole's hockey and tennis games.
Helen loved to cook and made an excellent Italian sauce.
She also loved to garden, sun bathe and always had a nice tan going during the summer months.
She leaves to cherish her memory and mourn her loss her husband and soul mate of 47 years, Rosaire R. Grondin; one son and best friend, Roger P. Grondin, one daughter, Dottie M. (Carl) Ouellette; two special grandsons, Cole Ouellette and Logan Harmon, all of Lewiston; eight sisters, Alice (David) Dicenso, Arlene (Tony) Leo, S. Portland, Margaret (Bobby) King, Lewiston, Shirley (Michael) Ward, Mary Frances Swift, S. Portland, Rosemary (Michael) Sampson, Vacaville, Calif., Cathleen (Norris) Eastman, Nancy (Rick) Mackie, S. Portland, six brothers, Mike Swift, Gorham, Herbie Jr. (Peg) Swift, S. Portland, Bobby (Jackie) Swift, Norfolk, Va., Johnny (Elsie) Swift, S. Portland, Billy (Michelle) Swift, Paradise Valley, Ariz., Peter Swift, S. Portland; an aunt, Arlene Lano, Falmouth, an uncle, John (Peg) Meader, Scarborough; 23 nieces and nephews; and many cousins; and good friends.
God's speed 'Helen Doll,' you'll be forever in our hearts. Rest well, till we meet again.
Funeral services celebrating Helen's life will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m., at Pinette & Lynch Funeral Home, with Scott Giguere officiating. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Pinette & Lynch Funeral Home, 305 Alfred A. Plourde Parkway, Lewiston. 784-4023. Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed at
Helen L. Grondin
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Feb. 8 to Feb. 11, 2014
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"My condolences to the entire Swift Family & especially to Rosaire, Roger, & Dottie. I am so..."
- ~Heide Munro <3 <3 <3
"Will forever hear you singing "Turn the Beat Around, Love to Hear Percussion". Ahsamed to say, life got..."
"I did not know Helen, but I am friends with a few of her sisters, especially Rosemary. I am sure that..."
- Donna Cannaday
"Sweet lady Helen. You will be forever missed and loved by your family and friends. My condolences to..."
- Sandy (Morrill) McDonald
"I know you are not gone, you have just moved on and are now watching over all of us...you were full of..."
- Cindy Swift
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