December 23, 1933 – December 20, 2020
Passed away on December 20, 2020, three days before her 87th birthday. Helen was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, Rudy, who died of cancer in 2006, as well as 3 sisters, 6 brothers, 2 nieces, and 1 nephew.
Helen is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and her younger sister, Dorothy and her husband Paul, sister-in-law Bernice Hiebert, all from Winnipeg, and sister-in-law Betty Hoeppner from Morden, Manitoba. After her husband Rudy died, Helen developed a very special family relationship with her nephew Allan Wade and his wife Cathy.
Helen was born Dec. 23, 1933, in Morden, Manitoba. She grew up on a farm in a large family with strong spiritual values. Helen worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse in several hospitals in Manitoba and B.C. and later took up a career in an accounting office near her home in Burnaby.
In 1995, Helen and Rudy moved to Chilliwack, close to her older sister Agnes Wade, her husband George and their son, Allan. Helen and Rudy quickly became part of
the community. They enjoyed golf, curling, bridge and socializing with their many friends.
Helen volunteered for 12 years at the soup kitchen at Chilliwack United church, for 20 years at the blood donor clinic, for several years at Meals on Wheels, and with
food service at her local church, Carman United. Helen said these experiences were the most enjoyable and fulfilling of her life.
Helen was sustained on a daily basis by her sister Dorothy and husband Paul, whose love kept Helen’s spirits up despite the pain and distress caused by illness. With the friendship of her neighbours Mark and Lisa Jorissen, Helen was able to stay in her home as long as possible. Just before passing, Helen was surprised by a group of friends from bridge and the church at her back door, singing Christmas carols. She said this was “the best Christmas present I ever had!”.
On Helen’s behalf, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to those who cared for Helen. Dr. Mark MacKenzie cared ably and kindly for Rudy and Helen over many years. Nurse Dean Ewert of Chilliwack Primary and Community care earned Helen’s trust, always returned calls, showed up as needed, and saw the joy Helen found in visiting with others.
In her last hours, Helen was joined by Reverend Kirstin Autio of Carman United church, her sister Dorothy and husband Paul, and nephew Allan and wife Cathy,
who read scripture and serenaded her with her favourite hymn, “Shall We Gather At The River”.
In lieu of gifts in honour of Helen, please consider donating to community organizations that support people in need.
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