OBITUARY

Helen Isobel Schaller

28 March , 196117 April , 2019

With broken hearts and tremendous sorrow, we announce the sudden passing of Helen Isobel Schaller, age 58, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Helen was a giving, selfless, honest, and loving woman. She was an anchor, mentor, and supportive coach to all; always ready to share her wisdom and guide others back on track. She loved gardening, quilting, and traveling to all the wonders of the world. She enjoyed spending time with the “Burlington Gang.” Her interior design skills were so impressive that she earned the nickname “Hawk Eye Helen.” Most of all, Helen loved cheering and supporting her children and grandchildren at sporting events, and hosting friends and family at Hurricane Haven. In addition to counseling her family and friends, Helen led marriage prep courses for 25 years. We will think of her every time we say one of her common phrases, “This too shall pass,” and “For every door that closes, another one opens.”

Helen will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her husband Fred Schaller, children Dawn Schaller, Erika Davidson (Greg), Krista Dalton (Jeff), and Ken Schaller (Alona Gapanovich), grandchildren Emma, Jacob, and Nathan Davidson, Kenyan, Sevrin, and Remmie Dalton, and Jaxon Schaller, her father Robert MacDonald, and her parents-in-law Max and Anna Schaller. Helen is also survived by her siblings Ken MacDonald (Donna), Carol Thorman, Barb Sabila (Doug), Joan Gillies (Bruce), Pat Thibault (Dan), Jim MacDonald, and Mary Guttin (Reg); and her nieces and nephews Mandy MacDonald, Becky MacDonald, Kerry Crosby, Kelly Kleinschmidt, Scott Thorman, Julie Koehler, Kevin Sabila, Jennifer Sabila, Derek Gillies, Mark Gillies, Shannon Gillies, Rob Wood, Jessica Louks, James Wood, Matthew MacDonald, James MacDonald, Nicholas MacDonald, Sandra Guttin, Thomas Guttin, Sarah Guttin, and Tayler Diamond. Helen was predeceased by her mother Shirley MacDonald, brother Ross MacDonald, brother-in-law Frank Schaller, and her uncle Joe Ebenhoeh.

Friends and relatives are invited to a visitation at Barthel Funeral Home (566 Queenston Road, Cambridge) on Tuesday, April 23rd from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Clement’s Parish (745 Duke Street, Cambridge) on Wednesday, April 24th at 11:00 am with interment to follow at Parklawn Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Honey Harbour Parish, the Canadian Cancer Society, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, 23 April , 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, 23 April , 2019
  • Funeral Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, 24 April , 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, 24 April , 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, 24 April , 2019

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Bill and Faye Lootsma

10 May 2019

We wish to extend our sincere condolences to everyone in the Schaller family. We can only imagine how difficult this must be for each of you. Helen was larger than life. She could fill a room with her infectious laugh and her goodness. She had a way of reaching out to each and every person around her. Everyone was her friend. She was an incredibly kind and caring person who would help out anyone.

We are so glad that our paths crossed. We knew nothing about basketball when Kristen started playing with Erica and Krista, Sitting beside Helen you learned everything there was to know plus some. She cheered on every player on that court and had an opinion about what was happening.. Her opinion was always a fair opinion.

We are so glad that we ran into each other about a year ago and she came over for coffee. With some people you can go without seeing them for awhile and then easily pick up where you left off. That was Helen. We caught up on family and life in general. She loved her family to the nth degree.

The circumstances are tragic and that makes it even more difficult to believe that she is gone. It is always difficult to find the right words because often there aren't any. We hope it helps to know that, as a whole family, you are thought of often. Helen made a difference for so many and we count ourselves lucky to be among those whom she influenced.

Bill and Faye Lootsma

Susan Koenderink

3 May 2019

Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they're watching over us."
May God bless your family and friends as they journey on without you. As they look to the sky may they feel your warm touch in the sun, have loving memories return hidden in the clouds, see your smile in the moon and watch your eyes sparkle in the stars. We have all been given the gift of knowing and loving Helen and in return we will grace the lives of so many people we meet along the way with some of the wisdom she has passed along to us. Always just a heartbeat away, love Susan and Ron Koenderink and Family.

Tyler Grant

1 May 2019

I only had the opportunity to meet Helen on a few occasions but I remember her as inviting, warm, and focused with a great eye for details.

Please accept my condolences to the whole family for your tragic loss. We have you in our thoughts and we hope you can find peace through this difficult time.

Pat Klassen

25 April 2019

I had the opportunity to meet both Helen and Fred while their children - Dawn, Erika, Krista and Ken - were students and athletes at St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School where I was a member of the teaching staff for many years. Helen will forever remain in my memory as a "number one fan and advocate" for her children who were all wonderful athletes while in high school. I can only imagine this enthusiasm being forwarded to her grandchildren. My heart breaks for all of you during this sad and difficult time. Sending thoughts and prayers to you as you seek to move forward without your life partner, mom and grandma.

Denise Gaunt

25 April 2019

My heart is saddened by this inconceivable death.I met Helen years ago when Dawn and Michelle played basketball together. Helen shared with me that she prayed the rosary while walking on the treadmill. I have always remembered this and was inspired to do the same. Helen impacted many people.

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Janette Gaetan-Bain

24 April 2019

“HELEN”
Forever kind, friendly and smiling;
You will be remembered.
You are an Angel.
Forever.

Maureen Strickland(nee Jordan)

24 April 2019

It is with great sadness of learning that Helen has passed away suddenly.

I lived on Laurel Street when Helen and her siblings lived there. Did not get to know Helen as she grew, but it seems that she was well loved and had a great heart.

May the memories of her get you through this difficult time, and the love she shared with her family and friends.

Condolences to the Schaller and MacDonald families.

Maureen

Brian Olheiser

24 April 2019

I remember her well and family some baby sat me and my sister Marg went to school with her she was tall and nice took care of me at school I wasn't the same as other kids I have cp and she stoodup for me a lot will be missed a lot and thanks for looking out for me way back when I needed it all my love rip my friend god speed

Brenda Lawlor

24 April 2019

My most sincere heartfelt condolences to the Schaller and MacDonald families,

I went to St. Clement's School with Helen, Jim, and Mary. At that time Preston was just simply Preston, a town unto itself, small and familiar. My family lived on Melrose Street and we passed by Gravill's Variety and the MacDonald house on our way to and from school every day. St. Clement's School and church were the center of our young lives at that time. There were Christmas concerts and church services, bake sales and church related events throughout the year. It was a simpler time, a happy time ... It is with the reflection of these times that i think of Helen. How blessed we all were...

With a heavy heart and prayers,

Brenda Lawlor

Tavia Weber

24 April 2019

Coach Fred and family,
Our sincere condolences. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Eva, Josh, Tavia, & Arnie.

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