NEW SWEDEN – Helen Lydia Johnson Borjeson, 97, died Thursday, March 20, 2008, at Maine Veterans’ Home residential care unit in Caribou. She was born Oct. 9, 1910, in a log cabin on the Lebanon Road, New Sweden, the eldest daughter of Axel and Augusta (Englund) Johnson. The log cabin she was born in was built by her grandfather in 1871. Except for a few years spent working in Massachusetts, she lived on the home farm her entire life. Helen graduated from Caribou High School and attended Normal School, Presque Isle, as well as other schools in the University of Maine system. She taught school in local one-room schools, but spent most of her career teaching grades five and six in Stockholm school. She was a member of First Church of Christ, Boston and attended Trinity Lutheran Church, Stockholm. Helen was very active in community affairs. She dedicated many years of service to the New Sweden Historical Society and also served as secretary. Helen was a member of New Sweden Health Council, Stockholm Extension, Retired Teachers, Caribou Garden Club, Lutheran Church Women, PTA and the Widows Club. Helen married Ernest C. Borjeson of Worcester, Mass., June 7, 1941. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1991 and Ernie passed away in 1992. Helen was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by a daughter, Gusty Anderson and her husband, David, of Stockholm; a son, Jan Borjeson and his wife, Elaine, of Woodinville, Wash.; grandsons, Sven Bondeson and his wife, Connie, of New Sweden, Cliff Borjeson and his wife, Ashley, of Washington, D.C., and Matthew Borjeson of Woodinville, Wash.; granddaughter, Kim Ridenhour and her husband, Steve, of Eureka, Mo.; and great-grandchildren, Gunnar Bondeson, Jordan Colton, Abigail and Grace Ridenhour. Helen also leaves behind a sister, Margaret Anderson of Stockholm, many nieces and nephews; and stepgranddaughters, Karla Reynolds, June Harr, Vicky Anderson, Trudy Nichols, Kim Anderson, Jessica Kurtz and their families. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two sisters, Thelma M. Wessell and Ruth L. Eckstrom. Helen was very proud of her Swedish heritage, and spent hours researching genealogy and recording family and local history. She was instrumental in publishing a booklet Lebanon Road Reflections. As New Sweden’s eldest citizen, she was the holder of the Boston Post Cane. Helen is now peacefully at rest in the company of her God, family and friends that went on before her. A memorial service will be held later this spring. Those who wish may contribute in Helen’s memory to the New Sweden Historical Society designated for the Lindsten Stuga. Arrangements in care of Lancaster-Morgan Funeral Home, 11 Clover St., Caribou. Friends may express their condolences to the family at www.lancastermorgan.com.