Obituary of Helen Reusser
Passed away peacefully at Freeport Hospital (Kitchener) on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at the age of 92. Helen (Snyder) Reusser of Waterloo is lovingly remembered by her children, Mark Reusser (Mila Taves), Kristen Penner (Don), and John Reusser, her grandchildren, Jilienne Reusser, Caitie-jo Reusser (Andrew Alkema), Jacob Reusser, and Jesse Reusser; Kimberly Penner (Dylan Tarnowsky), Angela Penner (Ted Sauer), and Sarah Penner (Cody Scott), her great-grandchild, Jackson Penner Tarnowsky, as well as her sister Cay Siebert, and her sisters-in-law Ann Shumaker, and Joan (Sam) Diller. She was predeceased by her husband James Reusser and her parents Earl and Florence (Cressman) Snyder.
Helen was born in Guelph, Ontario on November 17, 1924, the daughter of a poultry professor and an office receptionist. She attended Normal School for teacher training in Ontario, Goshen College (Indiana), and Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Chicago). Helen enjoyed her career as an elementary school teacher (Guelph, Gulfport Mississippi, and Kitchener), and as the Christian education consultant for the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec, and as co-pastor (with her husband, Jim) at Mannheim Mennonite Church, where she was ordained.
Helen and Jim enjoyed time at their cottage at Red Bay, building many dear friendships through the community church that worshipped there. Their lives revolved around the church, an attachment that carried through their retirement years at Waterloo North Mennonite.
Special thanks to Helen’s caregivers at Parkwood Home, Home Instead, Grand River Hospital and Freeport Hospital for their kindness.
Friends are invited to share their memories of Helen with her family during a memorial visitation at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, 100 Benjamin Rd., Waterloo on Sunday, November 26, 2017 from 1 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. The celebration of Helen's life will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday following the visitation. A time of fellowship will follow the service. Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held at Mannheim Mennonite Cemetery.
Condolences for the family and donations to Mennonite Central Committee (designated for school kits) may be arranged through the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.
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