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Helen Christopher

Helen Christopher,92, lifelong of Ipswich, died Wednesday December 31, 2008 in the Caldwell Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center following her brief illness.

Born in Ipswich October 16, 1916, one of the eight children of the late James and Bessie (Georgeopoulos) Christopher, she was educated in Ipswich public schools. For thirty-five years was employed at Sylvania in Ipswich, working in many departments before her retirement in 1981.

She enjoyed her home flower garden and cooking and baking Greek specialties for her family and friends. For much of her life she served as the dedicated caretaker for her late mother and brother “Ted.” She will be remembered by her nephews and nieces for her shared and open love for them and the special bond she had with each.

She was a lifelong member of the Ipswich Greek Orthodox Church where she was a faithful member of the choir since she was a young girl.

She is survived by two nephews, Othon Mavro of Wayland and John Christopher of Gloucester; three nieces, Betty Furey of Nashua and Bette Livesey  and Kathy Christopher both of Ipswich and many great and great great nephews and nieces. She was the sister of the late Peter Christopher, formerly of Ipswich, Bob Christopher, formerly of Salem, George Christopher, formerly of Gloucester, Anthony and Elefterios “Ted” Christopher and Jennie Mavro, all formerly of Ipswich, and Katherine Rizas, formerly of Dorchester.

Her funeral will be held Monday January 5,2009 at 9 am from the  Whittier-Porter Funeral home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by a service at 10 am in the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 8  Lafayette Road, Ipswich. Interment will be in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday 3 to 6 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Greek Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 6, Ipswich, MA 01938.

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