January 18, 1924 – May 19, 2018
Helen passed away peacefully at Gemstone Care Home. She was predeceased by her Husband Joe, her brother Joe Toth and her parents Julia and Louis Toth. She is survived by her son Tom Ksik (Judy) of Vancouver; daughter Audrey Wiwchar of Kamloops and daughter Shirley Stewart (Dave) of Kamloops. She will be missed by her grandchildren; Sheri (Bruce) of Vancouver, Yvonne (Greg) of Kamloops; Shelley (Joe) of Kamloops, David of New Westminster, Heather of Vancouver and David and Michael of Williams Lake. She was proud of her great grandchildren: Liam, Morgan, Jaymie, Colton and Alex. Helen is survived by 3 sisters; Betty (Don) Lipprand of Windfield, Kansas, Anne (Tom) Busby of Tsawwassen, Alice (Donavan) Crotenko of Victoria and many nieces and nephews. Mom was born in Onad, Hungary on January 18, 1924. When she was 4 years old she moved to Canada with her Mom and brother Joe. Her Dad, Louis had immigrated to Saskatchewan the previous year to make a home for his family. The family settled near Maidstone and farmed there in the 1930’s. Her 3 sisters were born in Canada and she helped look after them while also helping out on the farm. Sadly her father passed away in 1940. Her next chapter in her life began when she married our father Joe in 1941. They lived in Maidstone for a few years (her son Tom was born there) before moving to BC. They settled in Mission, BC where Audrey and Shirley were born. In 1957 they moved to Williams Lake living there until 1968 when they moved to Kamloops. Sadly Joe passed away in 1972. The next chapter began when she took cooking courses. She then worked at Scott’s restaurant as a cook for many years. There she made many friends especially Sharon Haggerty. At the age of 49 she got a drivers licence which gave her the freedom to travel throughout BC. Following retirement and courtesy of a Lotto win she moved into Ponderosa Place. She lived there for 20 years until health problems forced a move to Gemstone Care home in January 2016. The family would like to thank the wonderful caring staff at Gemstone. They are amazing and it was like a second home there. Our words alone cannot thank them enough. A memorial service will be held at 2 PM in the Schoening’s Funeral Chapel on Sunday May 27, 2018. In lieu of flowers donations to Alzheimer’s Society of BC would be appreciated.
- Celebration of Life Sunday, May 27, 2018
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May 25, 2018
Your mother was so very kind to my mother (Blanche Atchison) and it was so much appreciated. At my mothers memorial you mother gave me two warm hugs and a sympathetic smile and told me that our mother had loved and was proud of all of her daughters. It was balm to my ears and so very kind of her to take the trouble to be there for us. I am so sorry for your loss.