HOLMESVILLE — Helen Gage, 64, of Holmesville, longtime caretaker of Evergreen Cemetery at White Store, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, March 26, 2002, in the Chenango Memorial Hospital.
Born and raised in the town of Butternuts, Helen attended school in the Mount Upton district, and then took up painting and paper hanging, which she did in many area homes.
She had been caretaker of the Evergreen Cemetery from 1959 through the present time. Helen was also the custodian of the South New Berlin School from 1975 until her retirement in 1997.
A woman who truly loved life, Helen was always an outgoing, rambunctious type of person. She really enjoyed cutting wood, which was her specialty; and loved to hunt, fish and go four-wheeling.
She was especially fond of picnics at any time of the year, and had enjoyed one during the warm spell in January of this year.
Helen was born Feb. 17, 1938, the daughter of Howard and Pearl (Webster) Townsend.
She was married to Gordon Gage, who passed away in 1991.
Helen is survived by her son, Brian A. Gage, of Syracuse; her longtime companion, Ike Jones, of Holmesville; her granddaughter, Brittany Ann Gage, of Cortland; two sisters, Anna Camp of Lathams Corners and Wanda Brown of Bainbridge; and her brother, Howard Townsend, of Guilford. Nieces and nephews also survive.
Besides her husband, Gordon, Helen was predeceased by her brother, George Townsend.
Funeral services for Helen will be held on Friday, March 29, 2002, at 1 p.m. from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, with the Rev. Rebekah Sweet, pastor of the Broad Street United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will be at a later date in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the South New Berlin Fire Department, care of the treasurer, South New Berlin, NY 13843.
Published in The Daily Star on March 27, 2002.