Flag pole stands in woman's memory

November 12, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Helen Freeman Goulette once taught actor Raymond Burr how to dance, family members say.

Goulette, who died last December at age 79, lived in the Greencastle area for less than three years, but she endeared herself to the members of the Greencastle Senior Center by her outgoing, warm personality.

This summer the center, through the efforts of Rick and Mary Freeman, her son and daughter-in-law, erected a flag pole in her memory. It stands at the corner of the center building at 10615 Antrim Church Road.

A widow, Goulette moved to the area from Stroudsburg, Pa., to be near her son.

She joined the senior center soon after, Rick Freeman said.

"They accepted her immediately and made her feel welcome," he said. "She enjoyed coming here and made a lot of friends."


Among her closest friends at the center were Twila Hatcher, Shirley Dunkle and Phyllis Allshouse, said Sondra Weaver, center director.

They four women usually ate at the same table at the center and often went out to eat together, said Hatcher, 81.

"We were called the Three Musketeers," she said. "We'd take each other to the doctor.

"Helen was a lovable person with everyone," Hatcher said. "She was easy to know and she would talk to anyone."

Goulette had an identical twin sister, Helena, who lives in Philadelphia, her son said.

"Mother was well-read and traveled extensively," he said. She worked as an executive secretary to the president of East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University for 25 years, he said.

At one time, she taught ballroom dancing in Philadelphia, her son said. Burr was one of her students, he said.

Weaver, who was hired to run the senior center in May, said she has been trying to spiff up the outside.

"We had a flag pole, but it was bent," she said. She called Freeman, who owns Greencastle Bronze and Granite at 500 Buchanan Trail West. His inventory includes caskets and monuments, but he also sells and installs flag poles.

Freeman donated a pole and flag to the center in memory of his mother.

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