Helen
Henry, Helen Florence a 50-year resident of Torrance, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2005 in Torrance. Born Helen Florence Forman of Troy, NY, in 1925, she was 80. Helen was an active member of several organizations within the city of Torrance – The Cultural Arts Center Foundation, Historical Society, Sister City, Rose Float Association, Friends of Madrona Marsh and many more. She was a founding member of the Torrance League of Women Voters, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter # 380 and Community Concert Association. She is survived by Daughter, Adriene Henry of Torrance, CA, Brother and Sister in Law, Earl and Jean Forman of Torrance, CA, Brother and Sister in Law, Arthur and Barbara Forman of NY & FL, Brother-in-law, Ray Tilley of Troy, NY. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Her family also includes Monique Jansen Dufais, her husband Peter Dufais and Pim Jansen, former foreign exchange students from the Netherlands (and the Jansen family). Preceded in death by Husband, Frederick D. Henry, Father, Edwin Forman, Mother, Myrtle Forman and Sister, Shirley Tilley. The memorial service will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Saturday January 7, 2005 at 2:00 P.M. with a reception following from 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. Burial will take place at a later date at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Torrance Cultural Arts Center Foundation (TCACF), PO Box 10416, Torrance, CA 90505 OR to Pugs 'N Pals, PO Box 9343, Newport Beach, CA 92658

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  1. Dear Adriene, It was with great sorrow that I read of your Mother’s passing in the Daily Breeze this morning. Although I had not seen Helen in many years, I had often thought about our work together. When I moved to So. CA. in 1975, I began teaching at Torrance High School, Dept. of Special Education. Your Mother was my first classroom assistant. When the district gave your Mother the assignment to work with our department, I do not think they realized what pioneers in this field our team would be! We all worked hard together, and made a very special education program a reality for TUSD! This involved many adventures and a common desire to assist the disabled. Your Mom always had a glint in her eyes and a great sense of humor. I really loved that about her and it carried all members of our team along when things got tough. She always spoke of her love for you, your love of horses and other animals, and it sounds like you two were very close. I am certain you will miss her being there, but I hope the good memories that you both have created over the years will be of some comfort to you at this time. I will not be able to attend the memorial service in her honor, as I am at home sick with the flu, but I will be thinking of her with great affection, as I have often over the years. In sympathy, Nancy Weichsel Langdon

  2. Adriene, So sorry to hear about your Mom, She was one of the nicest people I know. I have so many fond memories of the times we spent together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know its going to be a rough road ahead and time will make it easier. If you need anything or just want to talk please call anytime. Love and prayers, Rick and Bonnie

  3. Adriene Was shocked when I read the paper this morning. You know I adored your mom and for so many years enjoyed her company at Torrance High and at the house. I will be out of town Saturday and you know I would have been there if I would have known. She will be missed Donna Belitz

  4. Adriene, I can’t believe it. Aunt Helen called recently and we talked for quite some time. She always wondered how everything was going and if everyone was doing fine. She was a super woman. Bob Tilley & family

  5. We are thinking of you. We have known Helen and Fred for many years. Be well. Tom & Gerry Rische

  6. Adriene, I can’t believe it. Aunt Helen called recently and we talked for quite some time. She always wondered how everything was going and if everyone was doing fine. She was a super woman. Bob Tilley & family Troy, NY

  7. To Adriene and the Henry family We were sorry to read of your Mother’s death in the Daily Breeze Obituaries. We met your Mother through the Torrance Rose Float Association way back in the 70’s. She was a neat lady and we will always remember her smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. With Deepest Sympathy, Dutch and Betty Holland

  8. Dear Adriene, also meant for Monique and Pim, As Monique&Pim’s brother we’ve had contact with you, Helen and Fred ever since Mo spent her Torrance time with you. It has always been a warm and personal contact, although we (Gusta and I) only visited you once, in 1988. My brother Paul&I preceded that in 1979, after our graduation. Because of our limited finances in 1979 we stayed in Florwood Ave and were driven everywhere: Disney, San Diego, Hollywood, Knott’s Berry etc etc. We saw it all in 3 weeks and had a great time. In 1988 we stopped by at the start & end of our trip by camper. Your family has always been warm to all the Jansens, even sending an enormous Sinterklaas/Santa package. Usually $ 30 or 50 on postage, 8-10 weeks by boat and everything individually wrapped. Even Golden Graham’s! You were with us at many occasions: jubilees, big birthdays or family parties. To Helen and Fred: thanks for all the lovely memories. To Adriene, Monique, Pim & Peter: hold on to each other, get through this difficult time together with happy memories, family, friends and love. With Love, Ruud, Gusta, Tijmen, Veerle and Falko, from across the ocean.

  9. Dear Adriene, We are so sad to hear of Aunt Helen’s passing. I was looking forward to seeing you both again on your next trip East. Our love to you. If you need anything at all, please call us. Love, Debbie and Bob Bryce

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