Obituary of Lilly Helfinger
Passed away peacefully at ospice WeHHospice Wellington, Guelph on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the age of 94 years.
Wife of the late Joseph Helfinger
Loving mother of Edward (Carolyn) Helfinger and Erica (Larry) Cole (nee Helfinger).
Special grandmother of Jeremy (Anna) Cole, Laura (Abraham) Wolfgang (nee Cole), Kevin Cole, Matthew Cole, Michael Cole and Mackenzie Knight.
Honored great-grandmother of Evan Wolfgang, Andy Wolfgang, Adeline Wolfgang, baby Wolfgang, Nathaniel Cole, Lillian Cole and Julia Cole.
Predeceased by her loving husband Joseph Helfinger and treasured son Edward Helfinger.
Born on January 19, 1924 in a small farming village of Bessarabia Romania, Lilly and her family fled the war, ultimately to Germany. In post war Germany Lilly accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Saviour and Lord and continued to live for Him all the many blessed years of her life. Her faith was a testimony to all who knew her and a legacy for her family.
On February 9, 1951, Lilly along with her brother Emil immigrated to Medicine Hat Alberta. There Lilly found great joy in greenhouse work where she learned to drive the tractor, although ultimately never learned to drive a car.
Lilly married Joseph Helfinger in June 1958 and settled in the Kitchener-Waterloo region to raise a family. Lilly’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the love of her life. Besides her family Lilly enjoyed various handcrafts (knitting, crocheting), cake decorating, gardening and activities of Central Baptist Church in Kitchener. Lilly spent her last years in Trinity Village Studios and her last days at Hospice Wellington in Guelph where she received excellent care, for which we are grateful.
Friends are invited to share their memories of Lilly with her family during visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 7 – 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Central Baptist Church, 358 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo. Reception at the church hall following interment.
Condolences for the family and donations to Samaritans Purse may be arranged through the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.
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