Helen Freeman, age 99, died March 27, 2020.
She was born November 4, 1920, to Alice (Thornton) and Frank Johnston in
Monroe County, Indiana.
She graduated from Elletsville High School. There, she met Forrest Freeman,
the love of her life. They dated for 5 years, married, where he then served as a
gunner on a B17 during WWII before being shot down. His death was never
confirmed and he was later classified as KIA.
She never remarried.
Her energy was boundless. He altruism unparallelled.
For the next 42 years she served as a General Clerk at the Bloomington Post
Office, retiring in 1987.
She spent 32 years as a volunteer at Bloomington Hospital, donating more than
She delivered Meals On Wheels covering 8 routes for more than 25 years
serving 48,000 meals to more than 2000 clients, though she was older than
most she served.
In 1994 she established the Helen Freeman Education Award through the
Bloomington Hospital Foundation, granting scholarships that are still given
In 2000 she received the Golden Deed Award for volunteerism from the
Bloomington Exchange Club.
Mark Kruzan, mayor of Bloomington, declared February 14, 2008 Helen
Freeman Day because of her immeasurable contributions to her community.
A wonderful baker she may be most renowned for the numerous cookies and
candies that she would make for friends and relatives. This included the
Annual Post Office Christmas Party, Hospital Staff Volunteers and almost
anyone else who crossed paths with her.
Her sister (Frances Jane Skirvin) had three children, Steve Skirvin, Susan
Marsala, and Sara Provenzale which she considered her own. Her numerous
grand nieces and nephews always felt surrounded by her unconditional love.
This community icon will be greatly missed by those having had the pleasure
of knowing her.
A private family service is planned with a celebration of Helen's life
anticipated later this summer.
Donations may be made to the Helen Freeman Education Award though the
Bloomington Hospital Foundation, PO Box 249 Bloomington, IN 47402 or https://bloomhf.org/donate/