Sawatsky, Helen

SAWATSKY – Mrs. Helen Sawatsky beloved wife of Mr. Henry Sawatsky passed away in Bassano on June 1 st, 1998 at the age of 84 years.

Born in Laird, Saskatchewan on June 13th, 1913 Helen received her education there. She married Henry J. Sawatsky on November 31 st, 1933 and together they homesteaded in Capasin until 1950, moving to Three Hills and then Bassano in 1957 where they had resided since. Helen loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great­ grandchildren. She had a passion for reading and needlework, was an avid Calgary Flames fan and spent many years involved in the Women’s Ministries of Canada.

She was predeceased by her parents Bernhard and Sarah Heppner, brothers Jake, Reuben, Henry, granddaughter Helen; brother Pete and by a sister Martha.

Besides her loving husband Henry, Helen will be greatly missed by her children Ben and his wife Muriel of St. Paul, Minnesota, Pearl Bowers and her husband Maunsell of Edmonton, Raymond and his wife Edith of Bassano, Ken and his wife Lynda of Bassano, Julie Fortin and her husband Clark of Peace River and Don and his wife Jackie of Bassano; 15 grandchildren; 14 great­ grandchildren; brothers and sisters Ben, Herb, Anne, Agnes, Mary, Rose and Jessie as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 4th at 2:00 p.m. from the Evangelical Free Church, Bassano. Pastor Rick Reinhart officiating. Interment to follow at Bassano Cemetery. If friends desire memorial tributes may be made to Gideons, c/o Box 85, Gem, Alberta, TOJ 1MO. Further announcements and arrangements in care of Smith Funeral Home. Telephone 362-4636.