August 18, 2013

Helene Lucile (English) Sprague


---- — — BELFAST, MAINE AND PERU, N.Y. Helen Lucile (English) Sprague, 76, formally of Peru, died peacefully and gracefully in her beloved state of Maine with her daughter by her side on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, following a 13 year battle with Dementia.

Helen was born in Monroe, Maine in 1937. Her parents were Sherman and Ruth English of Belfast, Maine. Sherman was mayor of Belfast for a term in the 1950's and Helen was proud of her father for this accomplishment.

Helen graduated from Crosby High School, Belfast in 1955 and went on to earn a degree in Childhood education from Becker College. Helen was a determined entrepreneur who, in 1976 founded, owned and grew Tip Top Frame in Plattsburgh, N.Y., of which she then passed along to her son, Sherman Sprague. Tip Top Frame is still in active operation today, 37 years later.

Helen was always keenly in tune with her community. She was an active vocalist in the Sweet Adelines, a past president of the Clinton County Fair board, Helen loved the county fair and what it represented to the community and enjoyed playing golf in her later years. Helen routinely took trips from New York to visit her beloved family in Maine. Helen never lost her spunk and especially her joy of music. It wouldn't be uncommon for Helen to do a little dance whenever she heard music, even up to a few weeks before her passing.

Helen was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Hayden A. Sprague. She is survived by her Son, Sherman H. Sprague and life partner, Judith Beckley of North Carolina, Douglas C. Sprague and wife, Debbie Sprague of Florida and daughter, Roselee M. Bodmer and husband, Daniel Bodmer of Maine; and six grand children.

The service of remembrance will be held at at 11 a.m onWednesday, August, 21 at Grove Cemetery, 21 Belmont Ave Belfast. Arrangements are entrusted to Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast, Maine (207) 338-9191 or

Those who wish to remember Helen in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011 or