Meriden - Helen M. Behnke, 90, formerly of 1244 No. Broad Street, died Thursday April 26, 2007 at the St. Elizabeth Center at the Curtis Home. She was the wife of the late Harold W. Behnke. She was born in Meriden March 13, 1917, a daughter of the late Harry and Jessie Fitzsimmons Wright. She had been the store manager at Courtesy Cosmetics. Helen had been an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church and enjoyed knitting, bowling and singing. She is survived by two sons Richard and his wife Connie Behnke of Durham, CT, and David and his wife Gladys Behnke of Clinton, CT, two grandchildren Christine Behnke-Le of Boston and David Behnke of Middletown, and one great-grandson, Zachary Le of Boston. She was predeceased by a sister Katherine Cari, five brothers Gordon Wright, Jonathan Wright, Alton Wright, Frederick Wright and Harry Wright. A funeral service will be held Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Beecher & Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Walnut Grove. Contributions in Helen's memory may be made to Curtis Home: Recreation Dept., 380 Crown St., Meriden, CT 06450.

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  1. Dave & Rich, I met your mother MANY years ago when Dave was in the Air Force stationed in Alaska. She was warm, cordial, and very pleasant. She made me feel totally at ease. I believe she worked at Uphams at the time and she sent me Chanel No. 5 for Christmas. I also visited your cottage at the lake and almost killed myself trying to water ski. Many years have passed and I never met your mom again, but anyone who was lucky enough must have felt the same way I did. I will never forget her, no matter how briefly she was in my life. Karen Little Berckmoes

  2. Dear Rich, I was so sorry to read about your mom. May her memories last forever and sustain you at this time. Hope to see you again on the walking path. Take care, Muriel Hobson Soroka

  3. I want to share my sympathies for Russ and his brother and Allen along with all their family and friends. I am greatly moved to see how Russ was always there for his Mom. This was a very honorable and Christian work. I came to know his Mom and his Dad from the short visits I made over the years. She impressed me as a sweet and Godly woman. I am sure she was a great example to all her friends and a wonderful mother. Although she lived a full life I can imagine the loss of such a dear women causes great grief in her family. I pray for the comfort in the Hope of the Return for Russ and all his kin. Maranatha.

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