Obituary: Helen Janet (Smith, Berry) Duncanson


Helen Janet (Smith, Berry) Duncanson

PORTLAND – Helen Janet (Smith, Berry) Duncanson died at age 94 on May 25, 2022. She was born in Portland on September 25, 1927, the daughter of Helen Margaret Martin (Smith, Partridge) and William John Smith.

She lived with her maternal grandparents until she was 11, when her mother married Lester C. Partridge. She graduated from Portland High School in 1946. She was employed as a senior travel consultant at the AAA travel agency for 17 years. She traveled extensively around the world until her retirement in 1997.

She attended church for many years and was active in volunteer work. She enjoyed walking, dancing, socializing on day trips, and attending the Portland Players & Lyric Theater. She was happy to help others and active in social activities while living in residences for the elderly. She was deeply loved and will be missed by all.

She is survived by her daughter Sandra Lee Berry Kosoff and her husband Mitch of Scarborough, her son William Lester Berry “Wes” and his partner Cheryl of Waterville; grandchildren Terri Kosoff Harrington and her husband Tim, Becki Kosoff Wellman and her husband Dean, Mitchel Kosoff and his wife Jamie; and 21 great-grandchildren.

The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at AT Hutchins, 660 Brighton Ave Portland. Interment will follow at Brooklawn Memorial Park.

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