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Helen Rebecca Chalfant Green

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On November 21, 2013 @ 4:30 pm In Obituaries | 14 Comments

Helen Rebecca Chalfant Green finally got her wish to join her beloved late husband, Albert Green on November 20, 2013. She was married to her high school sweetheart for 54 years and she carried him in her heart always. She was born on November 2, 1932, and was the daughter of the late Harry (Bud) and Zelvia Chalfant.

Helen graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School and spent the first half of her life as a devoted wife and mother to her five children. She later worked at Hertz’s Grocery and had many dedicated customers at the former Queen Terrace Cafeteria in downtown Lancaster. She was quick to tell her customers which dishes to take or not take based on her opinion of their quality. She was also a former member of First Reformed United Church of Christ in Lancaster.

She enjoyed most sports, but loved football. She especially loved watching her sons compete: Mike in wrestling at McCaskey High School and John and Scott in football at McCaskey and Franklin and Marshall College. Helen was a master at dancing the jitterbug and enjoyed nothing more than a great game of pinochle. Dogs of all kinds knew she had a soft spot for them as they frequently found themselves beneficiaries of her treats. She was known for her down home cooking with many requests from family and friends for her chicken pot pie, macaroni salad, and pear pie.

Helen did not have much in material wealth throughout her life, but she had a lifetime of abundant love and a generous heart, which she passed on to her children. She will be greatly missed by her children, Brenda Becker (Lancaster); Michael Green (Elizabethtown); John Green and wife Cheri (Lancaster); Cathy Bonafede and husband Peter (Lancaster); and Scott Green and wife Zugey (Austin, TX). She will also be missed by her grandchildren: Michael, Josh,  Teresa, and Michelle Green; Katie, Danielle, and Taylor Green, Peter (wife Stella), Anthony (wife Gina), Stephen, and David (wife April) Bonafede; and Lance and Elizabeth Kindbom. Helen also enjoyed her great grandchildren as the newest generation in the family. She leaves behind two beloved brothers, Bob Chalfant (wife Mary) and David Chalfant (wife Marian) and was preceded in death by her sister Emalene Ritchey and brothers Bill Chalfant and Howard (Peck) Chalfant.

Her life will be celebrated on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 3 pm at the Kearney Snyder Funeral Home on 141 East Orange Street in Lancaster. The family will receive family and friends from 1 pm to 3 pm prior to her life celebration at 3 pm.


Condolences for the family of “Helen Rebecca Chalfant Green”

Condolence from Ann Ritchey on November 22nd, 2013 7:30 am

A beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady. We will always remember her warmth and how she made you feel so especially welcomed when you came to visit. She had style without being pretentious and a grace and charm that drew people to her. I will remember her particularly whenever my peonies bloom,as she introduced me to these and other gardening treasures. There is so much laughter in all my memories of her, she will be missed.

Condolence from George E. Jones Jr. and Family on November 22nd, 2013 10:48 am

Sorry to hear of your loss.

Condolence from Ron Cain on November 22nd, 2013 12:01 pm

Brenda, Mike, John, Cathy, and Scott,

Have been praying for your Mom’s soul. I know that you will miss her but remember that she is in heaven where we all hope to be someday. God Bless!

Love, Ron/Betty

Condolence from Shelly Jacobs on November 22nd, 2013 4:36 pm

What a beautiful newspaper article — it described her so beautifully! She was that — beautiful outside and inside — always waiting hand and foot — with great joy — she loved being a wife and mother and grandmother. Life changes — but those that we have loved — always live on with us — Helen (i.e. Mrs. Green) is one of those people I will always hold dear in my heart. She always made me feel special and welcomed, and she was my friend! I am thinking and praying for everyone during this difficult time as I know she will be missed by so many!

Love, Shelly

Condolence from Lynn Sine on November 22nd, 2013 6:02 pm

What a wonderful lady I met while working at K&G Meats, she always made me laugh, may fond memories ease your pain,

Condolence from Steve Shepos and Family on November 23rd, 2013 1:40 pm

Our thoughts are with you. A reflection of a wonderful women is found in every member of the family.

Condolence from Cathy Vollrath on November 23rd, 2013 5:12 pm

Dear John & family,
Deepest sympathy in the loss or your mother. She sounded like a wonderful mother/grandmother/person. God bless.

Condolence from Karen Campbell Danner & family on November 24th, 2013 12:54 pm

I’m sorry to hear of your mother’s death. I remember growing up next to your family in Lancaster. My father is still with us, but we lost mom several years ago. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you, as well as good memories of great neighbors.

Karen and Robert Campbell

Condolence from Karl Murphy on November 24th, 2013 3:48 pm

To Scott and Family
Sincere condolences for your Loss. God Bless Karl

Condolence from Dan Knowles on November 25th, 2013 11:47 am

Saddened by the news of ‘Aunt’ Helen’s passing. Our thoughts are with the Green and Chalfant families.

Dan & Gail

Condolence from Bill Jimenez on November 25th, 2013 12:43 pm


Your mom was a special lady who always had a smile on her face and a positive word to share. I will not forget all the great conversations and that great smile and laugh at the end of a funny story.

Condolence from Kathy Faus on November 25th, 2013 5:30 pm

So sorry to hear about Helen.. She was a happy & joyful person when she came into the pharmacy. We will miss her smiling face…

Condolence from Elizabeth (Booth) August and David Booth Jr on November 26th, 2013 4:05 pm

Our condolences on the death of our cousin, Helen It’s been awhile since we have seen her but we thought of her often Still remember great times when we were all much younger. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take care. Liz and Dave

Condolence from Lance and Cathy Eckman on December 2nd, 2013 10:47 am

We were so sorry to hear about Helen. We enjoyed having both of your parents as neighbors. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lance and Cathy

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