Helen L. Fuiten
Helen L. Fuiten, 97, a longtime resident of the Forest Grove community, died Friday afternoon, March 5, 2021 at the Ellenwood Adult Care Home in Portland.
Helen Lorrain Fuiten was born November 13, 1923 in Grafton, North Dakota, the daughter of the late Anna Schmidt and Sam Yat Wong. She was raised and received her education in Portland, Oregon, having been a graduate of Commerce High School Class of 1941. As a young lady in the Portland area, she won the honor of being one of the first ushers in the Mayfair Theater. During World War II, she worked in the Keiser Shipyards as a draftsman.
Helen was united in marriage to Robert Lester "Bob" Fuiten on March 15, 1947 in Portland, Oregon. Following their marriage, they resided in Forest Grove.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, on October 31, 2002, after celebrating over fifty-five years of marriage together.
Helen and Bob started Forest Grove Plumbing Company in 1947, which later became Fuiten's Plumbing and Heating Company. Helen, in the course of her career as office manager and full partner, worked on hundreds of heavy construction projects throughout the Pacific Northwest, engaged mainly in public works, schools, and hospitals. She was well known in the Forest Grove community for her business acumen.
Among her special interests, Helen enjoyed her leisure time at their beach house in Rockaway Beach and their winter home in La Quinta, California. She had a passion for the arts and in her free time enjoyed painting still life motifs and portraits of friends and family. She also enjoyed spending time with her two granddaughters, spending many hours playing dress-up, picking and canning grapes that she grew in her backyard, and sharing stories together.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents and older sisters Florence Lyons and Marian Feigion.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Roderick L. and Lourdes M. Fuiten, of Forest Grove, Oregon; her two granddaughters, Allison M. and Jessica J. and her younger sister, Margaret Meyer.
To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family go to www.fuitenrosehoyt.com.
Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove is entrusted with the arrangements.