2013-04-05 / People


Helma Gustafson Whitten

Helma Gustafson Whitten, 94, of Cape Elizabeth, Marco Island, Fla. and, most recently, Naples, Fla., died Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Mrs. Whitten was born in New York City, daughter of the late Harry A. and Helma Olson Schendel. She attended school in South Portland, graduating from high school in 1935. She was active in Girl Scouts of America and the Camp Fire Girls when her daughters were growing up. A member of the Alumnae Chapter of Beta Phi Sorority and for many years, a member of the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va., Mrs. Whitten was also a member of First Congregational Church in South Portland and the United Church of Marco Island. She later attended the East Naples United Methodist Church.

She was employed for 22 years by the Department of the Army, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command at Arlington Hall Station, Arlington, Va., where she served as administrative secretary to several of the deputy commanding generals.

Generous and kind hearted, Helma was truly devoted to her family. She was a beautiful person, both inside and out. She will be dearly missed. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Linda Gustafson Williams and her husband, Ed of Naples, Fla., and Karen Gustafson Riegert and her husband, Bill of Orlando, Fla.; stepson, Matthew Whitten of South Portland; grandchildren, Scott A. Riegert, Timothy P. Riegert, Ted R. Williams and April Williams McCrory; great-grandchildren, Brandon and Avery Riegert, Madison and Sydney Williams, Brittany Holliday, Alex and Kate Issa.

Mrs. Whitten was predeceased by her first husband, Alex Kampe Gustafson, who died in 1975. She married, Edwin “Ed” Whitten in 1985; he died in 2005. She was also preceded by her stepson, Eric Whitten; brothers, Harry A. Schendel, Jr. and Charles R. Schendel.

A memorial service was held April 2 at the East Naples United Methodist Church, 2701 S. Airport Road, Naples 34112

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