BRUNSWICK — Helen Hoffman Greene, 88, of Brunswick, died in her sleep Dec. 21, surrounded by her family. She was born in Ardmore, Pa. on March 25, 1924, to C. Fenno and Marie Wright Hoffman, the third of four children. She grew up outside Philadelphia, attended Garrison Forest School, and spent summers on the coast of Maine with her family .
During World War II, while working in Philadelphia as a nurse’s aide for the war effort, her brother, Harry, introduced her to his close friend, Fred Greene, a fellow pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Their romance continued for 63 years until his death in 2007. Together, they raised their four children in Lincoln, Mass., before moving to Maine in 1971.
Greene was a devoted wife, mother, sister, and a good friend to many. Her favorite times were spent with extended family and friends. She loved long walks, gardening, sailing, singing, cooking and the coast of Maine. She was an active community volunteer and a parishioner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick. She was an avid reader and student of history and politics.
She is survived by her brother, Bill Hoffman, of Phippsburg; her children, Elizabeth Herrick, of Portland, Sibyl Cryer, of Boulder Creek, Calif., Rick Greene of Sydney, Australia, and Jennifer Greene of Santa Cruz, Calif.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the hospice program at CHANS Home Health Care, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011.
A memorial service is planned for early July.