BATH — Helen G. Atkinson, 92, a longtime resident of Bath, died peacefully on March 27, with her family by her side.
She was born in Augusta on May 6, 1922, to Frank and Michalina Popowicz Ochmanski, who emigrated from Poland in 1909. The fourth of 10 children, Helen graduated from Cony High School in 1940. She then worked as a telephone switchboard operator in the Augusta area, and did receptionist duties at Bath Memorial Hospital.
In 1948, she married Edward G. Atkinson, of Bath. The couple resided on Court Street and later on Harward Street, where they raised their four children and were members of St. Mary Catholic Church.
Helen was a talented, creative individual who spent much time knitting, braiding rugs, craft work and cooking. She also was an avid gardener and loved to work with the many flowers around her home. Atkinson’s energy and enthusiasm were always a great addition to social gatherings, and not many could outlast her on the dance floor, especially during a polka. Most of all, she devoted herself to supporting the needs of her family and helping to nurture her grandchildren.
Atkinson was predeceased by her granddaughter, Lisa Favreau Quinn; eight of her brothers and sisters; and by husband Edward in 1985. Six years later she found companionship with a special friend, Roy Lawrence, until his death in 2009.
She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Niemann and husband, George, of Bath; daughter, Cynthia Favreau and husband, Gary, of Brunswick; son, Gerald Atkinson, of Bath; son, Stephen Atkinson and wife, Candace, of Glenburn; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated April 1 at St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment will be at a later date in Oak Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Atkinson’s name to Bath Area Senior Citizens, 45 Floral St., Bath, ME 04530, or to a charity of one’s choice.