Helen Margaret Bartsch (Boldt) passed away quietly in her sleep on Monday Mar. 2nd, 2015. She was born in Myrtle, Manitoba, on Dec. 26, 1933. She pursued her education to become a teacher and was known for her beautiful soprano voice. She travelled to Kinshasa, Congo, to teach, and when she returned to Canada, married Arthur on July 12, 1969. They settled in Nelson where they lived on the lake for 45 years and raised their two daughters, for which she was grateful. Helen served her church family with her many musical talents and was known in the community for her wise counsel. She was about to retire from 40 years as an educator when she suffered a devastating stroke in 1994. With the loyal and loving care of her husband, she demonstrated incredible faith, determination and tenacity in the face of much physical pain and disability, and worked diligently to regain strength and mobility. Her mind was clear and faith in Christ strong to the end and she continued to touch many hearts with her honesty and understanding. A devoted wife, loving mother, wise friend and gifted teacher, she will be remembered by her dear husband Arthur; her daughters Anna (Tim) and Greta; grandchildren Ben, Joey, and Jane; her many brothers and sisters and their families; and many friends. She will be missed terribly but they take consolation in knowing that she no longer suffers. The Brahms Requiem was her favourite: “the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God. There, no torment shall touch them.” Her spirit lives on in the lives of her friends and family.
Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca