ST. PAUL -- Helen Whittemore Bane Longfellow, age 90, lifelong resident of Brainerd, Minn., physician, wife, mother, died Aug. 22, 2003, in St. Paul.
She was born in Brainerd on Good Friday, March 21, 1913, to William W. and Ethel T. Bane.
She graduated from the University of Minnesota for both undergraduate and medical school. Her internship was in Jersey City, N.J. Her residency was in Farmington, Maine. On the way back to Minnesota, she decided to set up her first solo general practice in Beloit, Wis. There she met Henry W. Longfellow, a young lawyer. They married in 1942. During World War II, she followed her husband to military bases in South Carolina, Arizona and Colorado. After the war, she and her husband returned to Brainerd. She set up her own general practice there in 1945 and continued working until her retirement in 1981. She was always "on-call." She was a wonderful caring physician and person.
She was an avid swimmer when growing up and taught swimming and diving at Lum Park. She graduated from Brainerd High School in 1929 and was inducted into Brainerd High School Hall of Fame in May 2003 for Distinguished Achievement in the field of medicine.
She was a member of Zonta Club, Toastmistress, AAUW and the First Congregational Church.
Survived by four children, Linda (and James) Blodgett in South Bend, Ind., John Longfellow in St. Paul, Jean Longfellow in Manchester, N.H., and Ellen Longfellow (and Dan Buechler) in St. Paul; grandchildren Helen Blodgett (Indiana); Robert and Christopher Stewart (New Hampshire), and Matthew and Anna Buechler (St. Paul); and sister Billie Krampitz in Harker Heights, Texas.
She was preceded in death by husband Judge Henry W. Longfellow, brother Frank L. Bane, and sister Gertrude F. Mager.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, at 11:30 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Brainerd. A light lunch will be served. Burial will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery.
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