Woodstock – Helen Matthews Plassmann, 60, of Meehan Rd., died Friday, April 5, 2013 at home surrounded by her devoted family after a four-year battle with cancer. She was the loving wife of Carl D. Plassmann. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Mildred (Wilcox) Matthews.
Helen was a 1970 graduate of Woodstock Academy. She attended Quinebaug Valley Community College and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University. She was a Certified Medical Records Coder and worked at Day Kimball Hospital for nearly 40 years. She also briefly taught Medical Terminology and Medical Coding at QVCC.
Helen was a member of the Plainfield Historical Society where she led a successful effort to get the Plainfield Street Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places. An avid quilter, she was a member of the Cornerstone Quilters and Country Quilters of Northeast CT and enjoyed traveling to Pennsylvania and Vermont to attend quilt shows. She enjoyed snowshoeing, bird watching, running, walking, cross-country skiing, hiking, cooking and relaxing with a cup of tea. Helen took great pride watching her sons play sports growing up and later watching her grandchildren at sporting events and recitals. She liked to take trips to Washington, DC and to the beach in Charlestown, RI.
Helen is survived by her husband of 31 years Carl D. Plassmann; her two sons Brad Favreau and his wife Amy of Woodstock and David Plassmann of Washington, DC; her brother, Andrew Matthews and his wife Lori of Hampden, ME; her two sisters Brenda LeBeau of Eustis, FL and Patricia Peabody of Tolland; her sister-in-law Ellen Durand and her husband Paul of Griswold; her father-in-law Raymond Plassmann of Moosup; and several nieces and nephews. Helen adored her three grandchildren, Guerin, Lennon, and Campbell Favreau. She was predeceased by her mother-in-law Janette (Wibberley) Plassmann.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Helen’s family from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. A funeral service will be held on Thursday April 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Inn at Woodstock Hill, 94 Plaine Hill Rd., Woodstock. Interment will be private. Memorial Donations may be made to the Woodstock Academy Foundation, 57 Academy Rd., Woodstock, CT 06281 to establish a fund in Helen’s name for at-risk girls at the Academy. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.