Hudson – Lorraine E. (Wellen) Hellen, 98, of Hudson, passed away peacefully April 14, 2019 at Life Care Center of Acton, with her family by her side, after a brief period of declining health. She is reunited in heaven with her beloved husband of over 54 years, Charles J. Hellen Sr., who predeceased her in 1996.
Lorraine was born Sept. 25, 1920 in Marlborough, one of 11 children of the late William Henry and Anna (Allaire) Wellen. She spent her childhood in Marlborough and later moved to Hudson in 1942, shortly after marrying the love of her life, Charles J. Hellen.
Lorraine was a devoted homemaker, who dedicated her life to caring for her husband and their 6 children. She was a devout catholic and longtime member of Saint Michael Parish in Hudson.
Lorraine loved to spend time with her friends and family, especially playing board games and cards but was known for making errors in her favor when keeping score. She also enjoyed crocheting, watching television game shows at home and always kept a well-stocked freezer full of her favorite coffee ice-cream.
Lorraine is survived by her six children, Janet M. Gessner of Pelham, N.Y., Barbara R. Stern and her husband Pete of Oak Park, Calif., Charles J. Hellen Jr. and his wife Karen of Marlborough, William H. Hellen and his wife Annie of Phillipston, Ronald F. Hellen and his wife Meg of Hudson, and David M. Hellen of Hudson; a sister, Ann Smith of N. Hollywood, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Mary E. Hellen; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband, Charles J. Hellen Sr., she was also predeceased by nine siblings and her son-in-law, Charles A. Gessner.
Relatives and friends are invited to a period of calling hours Sunday, April 21, from 3-6 p.m., at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 22, at 11 a.m., at Saint Michael Parish, 21 Manning St., Hudson. Burial will be private at a later time.