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3000 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
Phone: 812-333-4400
Fax: 812-333-4445
Helen Freeman

Helen Freeman

Thursday, November 4th, 1920 - Friday, March 27th, 2020
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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
3600 hours.
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
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    Rose Hill Cemetery
    1100 E. 4th St.
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Mary Ann Byrnes

Posted at 09:46am
We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Helen was one of my Mom’s best friends. Venita loved Helen so much. Think she is one of my Mom’s very last friends to pass. Thinking of you all with much love & sympathy. Mary Ann Byrnes

Susan McConnell Hieftje

Posted at 09:27am
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Helen as a child in Bloomington - she worked with my father, Kenneth McConnell, at the post office. Every time I would see her she made me feel so special. She was a wonderful, caring and generous woman. A very special, bright light has gone out in the world.

Sam and Rhana Rees and family

Posted at 03:40pm
My husbands family knew Helen from working with her at the Bloomington post office. She was loved and respected by everyone she came in contact with. Her Christmas parties were filled with her presence and her excellent food. Even after she retired she still feed many of us who worked at and for the post office. She was an inspiration to what comradely in the workplace was and should be. Rest In Peace Helen your good work here on earth is done but never forgotten

Bill & Nancy Cowden

Posted at 04:14pm
We were so sorry to hear of Mrs Freeman's passing. We both enjoyed her at the hospital. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Dallas Romy

Posted at 11:31am
What a legend she was! I will forever be grateful for the chance to know her and work with her at Meals on Wheels. One of my greatest pleasures was nominating her for the Bloomington Be More Award. She brightened everyone's day that came in contact with her. Rest in Peace, Helen. And may you finally be reunited with your husband.

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