Helen Ladouceur, a resident at The Greens at Cannondale in Wilton, celebrated her 101st birthday on Sunday, July 11.
Born in 1920 to parents Harold Abrahamson and Lena Weinstein, Helen lived in Brooklyn before moving to Flushing, Long Island, where she resided for 40 years.
Although she had graduated high school at the age of 15, Helen says she was unable to attend college because she was too young and had been told by colleges that “they did not want a young teenager on campus.”
She was later hired by the car rental company, Hertz, where she had a long career in customer relations. It was when Hertz sent Helen to Chicago for training that the petite (4 foot 10 inches), pretty blonde met a 6 foot 3 inch-man named Dennis Ladouceur, fell in love and got married.
There have been lots of good memories for Helen since she moved into The Greens at the age of 92. Just two years later — at 94 years young — she won a hula contest. Later that same year Helen had a starring role in “The Greens Talent Show” with her singing “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.” She enjoys live entertainment, watching TV, story-telling and Chinese food — “not Cantonese, Szechuan.”
But the grandmother to three recalls her favorite memory of all: she says the happiest day in her life was “the birth of my son, Evan.”
Happy 101st Birthday Helen!