Helen Mae Cloutier

Helen Mae Cloutier

Helen Mae Cloutier, of West Ferrisburgh, Vermont passed away unexpectedly at the age of 80 on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at the UVM hospital in Burlington, Vermont surrounded by her loving family.

Helen was born in Salisbury, Vermont on July 7, 1943, and the daughter of Lester and Helena (Dragon) Whittemore.  Helen was one of six children.

Helen married Firmin Yvon Cloutier, the love of her life not once but twice.  They were first married on February 16, 1963, and raised their four children, Richard, Lisa, Michelelenn (Missy) and Michael at their family homestead on Basin Harbor Road in West Ferriburgh.   They were divorced briefly and then remarried on September 29, 1978.   Although there were many challenges throughout the years, their love and children kept them bonded until Firmin’s untimely death in 2008.

Helen was very well known and thought of throughout the entire community as she had worked well over 60 years in the restaurant business starting at Cole’s Restaurant in New Haven and ending her career last year at the ripe age of 80 at the Bridge Restaurant in Addison.   Helen has probably served up more coffee and attitude than anyone else in all of Addison County’s history.   

Helen’s quick wit and sass entertained many locals and travelers for well over 60 plus years.  Some would even say to know Helen was to love her as no one really knew what Helen was going to say or serve-up at them once they stepped foot inside the restaurant.   She loved to work, and she loved to be with people.   Helen was very spry and full of hell even at the end of her life, giving her children grief for not bringing her shoes with her to the hospital on the day of her death.   Helen was not an easy-going person, but she was very much loved by all that knew her. 

Helen enjoyed many other things besides the restaurant business, her customers, and the friends that she has made throughout her 80 years of life.   She loved to have her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren come to visit and call her even though she would say that she never saw or heard from anyone.  And Helen loved to SHOP even if she didn’t need anything!  She loved to go to garage sales and consignment stores and she especially loved to visit the Amish Farm in Westport, NY, where she enjoyed watching and visiting with the little Amish children and purchased eggs, veggies, donuts, jellies & jams and especially her favorite blackberry pie.   Most of all, she enjoyed reading and her beloved and spoiled pets.

Helen will be missed deeply by her family, friends, and the entire local community for she was a unique sassy character that no one will not soon forget.  . 

Helen leaves behind her children; Richard (Maggie) Cloutier, Lisa (Jamie) Cloutier-Geh, Michelelenn/Missy (Merle) Bishop and Michael (Becky) Cloutier; her two precious granddaughters, Kelli-Jo (Kyle) Cloutier-Goodman, Rikki (Jacob) Cloutier-Pitts, her two wonderful great-grandsons Easton Andre and Wesley Firmin.  Helen leaves the following siblings:  Lester (Marge) Whittemore of Salisbury, Peter Whittemore of Middlebury, Debbie (Bob) Murphy of Mendon as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.   Helen also leaves behind a very special friend that she was reconnected with in 2017, Jean Seaver of Florida.  

Finally, she leaves behind her loving pets Oscar and Precious for whom are already rehomed with family members as well as favorite horse, Tank.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Christina Brace, Penny, Lance, Linda, Jeff & Angie Stone for all their love and support during their time of need.  The family is in awe by the countless number of outcries received expressing sympathy and grief of Helen’s passing.  This has provided an unmeasurable amount of comfort to the family during this very difficult time. 

There will be a celebration of life held on Sunday, April 21, 2024, at the American Legion located at 100 Armory Lane in Vergennes from 12 – 5 pm.  Please come to share your favorite Helen memory or story!  Let’s send Helen,  the spry and vibrant woman that she was out with as much laughter, love, and joy as we can.   

In lieu of flowers or food, the family is requesting that donations be made to Wag On Inn located at 1111 US 7 Vergennes, VT 05491 where her all of pets were well taken care of and loved, specially by Matt and Sammy.

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Robin and Craig Siegler
1 month ago

We are so heartbroken for you. May your friends and family continue to support each other as you celebrate Helen’s life and how she touched each of yof your lives. Wishing God’s pace and comfort to all.

Brown Mcclay Funeral Homes