Helen T. Counter, a 55 year resident of Lawndale, CA passed away after a strong fight since 2002 of breast Cancer on Thursday, November 6, 2008 in her home with her son and daughter-in-law by her side. She was 81. Helen was an arduous fighter and never complained or looked at the negative of her condition. Instead she took the positive aspects in her life and made the most of her time left with her friends and family. Helen was born on January 7, 1927 in Middletown, CT. She was the youngest and the only girl amongst her 12 protective older brothers. In 1945, at the age of 18, she married Talcott Counter who had just returned from WWII. They were married 49 yrs and 9 months when Talcott passed away in 1995. In addition to being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Helen was very involved at the Lawndale Senior Center where after 25 years of service she accumulated over 20, 000 volunteer hours earning her multiple awards from the city. Even during her silent battle with the cancer, Helen continued to volunteer and reach out to friends and loved ones, up to one week before she passed away. Helen loved to socialize; she was the President of the craft club, loved to line dance, go for long car rides and always tried to find any excuse for a party. She was tragically preceded by her son Henry in 2007. Helen is survived by her son Randy and his wife Mari of Lawndale, CA, their children Bianca, Ryan, Nikole and her husband Chris, as well as great-grandchild Mckenzie of Seattle, WA. She is also survived by Henry's children Nadia, Lydia and Henry-Jacob, their spouses and 3 great-grandchildren of Seattle, WA. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, November 14, 2008 at Rice Mortuary Chapel in Torrance, California, with the vigil beginning at 7:15 pm. Funeral mass will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 15, 2008, at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, 3846 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Torrance, California, with interment following at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach, California.

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  1. Helen and Talcott were old friends of my parents. I remember visiting them when I was little. They once gave me a fold-up doll house. I thought it was wonderful! My mother told me that she and my dad would go to the Counter’s house to watch “I love Lucy” together. Love from my family to theirs.

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