Helen Etta Helvoigt

August 25, 1945January 19, 2021

In the early morning of January 19, 2021, Helen died suddenly at home with her husband John by her side.

Helen was predeceased by her sister Lucille. She is survived by her husband John, sister Carlynn, son Nathan(Uli), daughter Joselyn(Christopher), and grandchildren Caitlyn, Oliver, Miranda, and Eagan.

Helen was born in Warren, Ohio and spent her early years in Redwood City, California. She met John at Ohio State University in 1964 and they were married in 1967. They immigrated to Canada in 1968 and lived in Vancouver for four years before moving to Bridge Lake in the Cariboo where they spent the next 40 years. She worked in Social Work in the Cariboo, and was admired for her empathy and kindness, as well as for her leadership. She and John retired to Kamloops in 2005 where she happily met many new friends

Helen loved writing as well as reading. She loved aqua-fit swimming and was sorry she couldn’t do it during Covid. Her grandchildren always looked forward to hearing her read long stories to them and she could read to them for hours.

“Kind, calm, and gentle, yet with strong beliefs”

The family thanks the B.C. Ambulance Service for their quick response and calm but urgent help.


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Helen Etta Helvoigt

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Magda McCallum

February 14, 2021

Helen stayed with me during winter in my home in 100 Mile House when she was working in the Ministry of children services in town and Williams Lake. We connected when they moved to Kamloops. I planned to move to Kamloops when I retire in summer. She was taking her time to look for a house for me, emailed me those houses she found. I'm deeply saddened of her sudden passing and my condolences to the whole family. I now live in Vernon after living in 100 Mile House for 25 years. I always login to the 100 Mile House Free Press and that's how I found out about Helen. a wonderful person.

jané forster

February 6, 2021

Dear John, Nathan, Jocelyn and Families,
Helen and I worked together as social workers in Williams Lake and 100 Mile House and she became my supervisor. She was always able to see the better side of what others conceived of as a problem. She gave human beings a sense of their worth and she treated all people with dignity.
Thank for that, Helen.
My thoughts are with you all. Take care of yourselves.

Barbara Matfin/Levick

February 4, 2021

Hello John and Family
We were thankful you decided to share with us the memories of Helen.
Hoping you are managing ok, and your kids are a comfort.
I have nothing but wonderful memories of Helen; her quiet kindness and compassion was an example for me.
She was always so kind and interested in what I was doing whenever we ran into each other.
Sending your my sincere good thoughts:)
Hope you continue to see her in your children and grand children.
“Within the garden of my heart
Where flowers of friendship grow
There are blossoms of remembrance
For-get-me-nots so blue
And purple velvet pansies
To tell my thoughts of you
And roses that will always bloom
Whatever be the weather
Who’s fragrance us the memory
Of days we spent together.”
With Love
Barb Matfin (Levick)

Diane Matus

February 4, 2021

John, Nathan, Jocelyn and Family

Please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss. Helen was such a wonderful Supervisor and friend. She was wonderful in so many ways. She always had good things to say about everyone. She always shared wonderful stories of her family. She will be deeply missed by all of us.

Diane and Family

Diana Grant (Duck previously)

February 3, 2021

Hello John,
I am so, so very sorry and shocked to hear about Helen's passing.
I will always remember and miss Helen's laugh and her lovely nature. Some people in this life make impressions on us that remain no matter how much time passes in between visits and feelings of this lasting kind remain strong. Helen was important to me... you both are in my heart forever.
My heartfelt condolences to you and Nathan and Jocelyn. You are all very special people.
Please contact me somewhere "down the road" at my email if you would like to be in touch whenever you are back to some semblance of your life...
I would cherish hearing from you.
Blessings and peace to you and your family always and during this devastating time. Diana (previously Diana Duck)

Mike Holly

February 3, 2021

John. I was so shocked to hear of Helen's passing. I only met you two because of my deceased wife, Karen Healy. We visited you in the late 80s. Hard to believe it's been that long. I still have three of your art pieces in my home. Old Chestnut in the dining room. I remember both of you as kind welcoming people and will always cherish the brief moments we shared at your home. I got a card from a friend of Karen's after she had passed. In essence it said that Karen was not gone but had gone ahead. I so hope that is how it is. John, I am so sorry for your loss. All my love. Mike Holly. Olympia Washington.

Helen Bott McGinnis

February 1, 2021

I was in the same Class of 1963 with Helen in Woodsfield OH. We took drivers education together on our lunch hour with Harold Cline as our instructor. He was a pilot & I think we heard more about flying planes than driving cars.
Every 5 years when we would have a reunion I would send her the information. The last address I had was Bridge Lake.
Our class will give the Alumni Assn a donation of $50 that will go toward a scholarship for a senior in Helen's memory.
She was a sweet girl.

Susan Malone

February 1, 2021

I first met Helen at Aquafit class around six years ago. I was new to Kamloops and didn't know anyone. She was friendly in a quiet, gentle way and helped me feel welcome. As I got to know her, I realized we had many things in common, one being we were both born in the states. Later in our Saturday show and tell, I discovered she was a very talented writer. I so enjoyed her stories and poems which were filled with depth and beauty. I am grateful to have known her and will miss her very much.

Irène Loire-Maillard

February 1, 2021

Helen and I were colleague Social Workers in 100 Mile House (in the 80’s i think). I trained her as a sub. She covered my entire caseload when i took a 6 month leave of absence to travel the world. She was an excellent Social Worker.
John, so sorry. I an in schock

Nancy McCammon Watson

February 1, 2021

I was sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. She graduated with my sister Jan. Have good memories of r high school days in Ohio with Helen and Carlynn..I graduated with Carlynn in 1960. My condolences to Helen’s Family. Also to Carlynn and her Family. God Bless your Families at this sad time.