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Helen Rosemarie Healy was born on August 2, 1965, and passed away in Woodstock on December 2, 2020

Helens 55th and last birthday was celebrated on August 2, with care person Fikerta Shiferaw at her side, in the Love and Respect foster home.Helen Rosemarie Healy of Woodstock passed away at age 55 in her foster home on December 2, 2020, with Sally, a caregiver, at her side. Helen was born in Roseburg, Oregon, on August 2, 1965, to Susan Schrepping and Timothy Healy.

Helen's family is grateful for the compassion and understanding shown by those who understood Helen – especially Mae Wallace of the former Lambert House, Lift Disability Services, and Sally Tselot Negash of her foster home, "Love & Respect".

Having been born in 1965 with Down Syndrome, Helen was frequently regarded with stares and a lack of understanding. She was also born deaf and mute, as a consequence of her mother contracting the German measles in 1964 during her pregnancy; but she was well loved by her family, and those with tender hearts and open minds. She was able to bring out the best in those she encountered who understood and accepted her.

Her mother Susan was a strong advocate for Helen, and found placements for her where she could be "trained" -- but none of these were a fit the care or education that Susan felt Helen deserved. Finally, Portland Public Schools agreed to have Helen on a trial basis – but then Susan discovered Lambert House on S.E. 28th and Steele, where Mae Wallace and the staff fell in love with Helen and provided her with games and simple tasks to help with for a few morning hours of daycare, and a few afternoon hours.

Susan and Helen were often seen over the years walking in Woodstock. until she went to live in a foster home. Helen was her mother's constant companion in walks to Wells Fargo Bank -- then located at 43rd and Woodstock – and strolls to the Woodstock Branch Library and to Safeway, where at Hallowe'en time she loved to pick out a pumpkin on each visit. Pumpkins lined the length of their deck, and made Helen happy, as did many everyday things.

All of Helen's family relate that they considered her to be a blessing to them, and thought of her as their own Special Angel.

Helen is survived by her family: Parents Susan Schrepping and Timothy Healy; brothers Christopher Healy and Patrick Schrepping; sister Eugena Fields; aunt Patricia Heinz, and uncle James Allegretto. She was preceded in death by her aunt and godmother Mary Ann Allegretto, grandmother Helen Allegretto, grandfather Eugene Allegretto, and great aunts Anna Brisindi and Mary Patrella.

Her two brothers and her sister have written descriptive personal essays on Helen's ways of communicating and her influence on their lives, and Helen's mother has written of her as well. All of these are posted online for public viewing – www.riverviewabbey.com/obituary/Helen-Healy

A memorial service is to be scheduled sometime in 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Providence Children's Health Foundation.

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