Helen Szeremeta Written By June Ervin
This issue we are talking to a lady very well known by all the “old timers” of the Center. Helen Szeremeta joined the Senior Center back in December 2007.
She had pretty much retired in 2005, to part time “on call” work so she had time to join and play bingo, a game she still enjoys here on Wednesday and Friday nights. Helen said she is not a fanatic about it, just plays when she can. She does still remember her first win here at the Center, she played only a one sheet double action. Her best win to date was a $500. Jack pot back around April 2014, or so.
Helen started out living in Minnesota, where two of her three children still reside. She has five grandchildren. She left St. Paul in 1980 to work for Champion International, a paper products company in Ohio, remaining there until moving out west in 1990 to live in the mountains. Her desire was to be able to do that before she died, she said, so she moved to Oregon. It was mostly farm land where she had always lived before, pretty flat. Small town life without a lot of traffic appealed to her, so she chose Roseburg.
In February of 1991 Helen started work at the Roseburg Building Facility Dept. at the court house and finally retired in 2005.
After joining the Senior Center, she was appointed to the Board of Directors to fill a vacancy created when someone left. She was re-elected at the next election. While on the board she became editor of the Newsletter. Back then she wrote the letter at home and it was printed out of house. Often, she filled in with jokes and recipes when news was sparse. She went to the city information center to get their weekly activities sheet and printed some items in our newsletter.
Helen presently lives alone in Shadow Ranch. He ex-husband is deceased. In the past she enjoyed sewing and crocheted some, too. Now, she really likes movies!
Her collection of 400 plus movies provides her with entertainment whenever she is in the mood to indulge. Not much on TV appeals to her these days, but there is one program she tunes in nearly daily that she enjoys about bible study.