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“I have wonderful memories of visiting Grandma in Ilion as a child. I wish I had the opportunity to spend more time with her in the last few years. ...Read More »
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“You'll be missed, I didn't know you as well as I wanted to, but have very fond memories of you from all my childhood parties. You were always so nice...Read More »
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“R.I.P. Grandma I love you and will miss you. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Howard Bailey - Marcy, NY

“We are so sorry to hear of the death of aunt Helen. Our sympathy to Ronnie and the family. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Shirley Van Vranken Milbert - NY


Helen J. Dickenson, 84, of Otsego Manor, Cooperstown, passed away March 13, 2012, at Bassett Healthcare. Several of Helen's family members have lived at Otsego County's Skilled Nursing Facilities. Her mother, Louise, resided at The Meadows, as did her brother Leroy and two of her sisters, Lucille and Dorothy. Helen's siblings then moved to Otsego Manor after it opened in 2006. Today, her sister Ruth Brown continues living there. Helen was born the youngest of nine children on March 9, 1928, in Salt Springfield, NY, the daughter of the late Leroy and Louise VanVranken, of Burlington Flats. Helen grew up in Gilbertsville and attended Gilbertsville School. She married Louis Bailey of Gilbertsville in 1944 and they had a son, Ronald. Louis and Helen divorced in 1953. Helen served in the US Army from 1954-1956. She was initially stationed in Alabama's Fort McClellan, where she did her basic training at the Women's Army Corps Center. As a Private, Helen entered the Clerical Procedures and Typing School and then transferred to 1st Army Headquarters at Governor's Island in New York City. When Helen finished her tour of duty, she returned to upstate New York and settled in Edmeston (where her parents had relocated) and became a homemaker. Helen married Charles Dickenson on January 27, 1961. They renovated a house on her parents' property and lived there for many years. Helen is survived by her son, Ronald and his wife Debbie; her step-daughter, Donna; two brothers, John and Francis; her sister, Ruth Brown; four grandchildren and their spouses, Howard and Tanya Bailey, Jennifer and Scott Jackson, Anna and Laura Stone, and Gretchen Bailey; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Charles on July 22, 2003, at the age of 80; her step-daughter, Leslie; two brothers, Leroy Jr. and Abram Willis; and three sisters, Lucille Sanguine, Dorothy Houk-Rackmyer, and Mary VanVranken. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in care of Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, in West Winfield.

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