Helen Isaac
Helen Isaac

Obituary of Helen Isaac

Helen Katherine Josephson was born to Jacob Josephson and Louise Milton Josephson on June 15, 1931, in Brandon, Manitoba. She passed away in the evening on March 19, 2019, at Linden, Alberta, reaching the age of eighty-seven years. 
Mom's childhood years were spent in the Sinclair area. Her mother Louise died from tuberculosis when she was just 6 years old. Mom experienced TB as a girl and spent time in a sanitorium between the ages of 18-22. Memories of this time colored and influenced her life. 

Mom married our Dad, James (Jim) Isaac at Redvers, Saskatchewan, on May 11, 1957. The joys and sorrows of married life were theirs for 59 years. Feeling the need of achurch home they started attending Sunday services. They found the Lord, and were baptized at the Sinclair Church of God in Christ Mennonite in January of 1958 (by Min. Herb Barkman). Mom embraced the faith and was faithful to the end. 

In answer to their prayers they felt God's leading in moving to the Roblin, Manitoba area. Investigation showed a viability to further his profession in beekeeping. In October of 1959 Mom and Dad moved to Roblin and soon Lakeside Honey Farm became their home. They made many friends among neighbors and business people, and she was known as a true friend to all. Their family became complete with a son, Don joining them in 1965, and a daughter, Anne, joining them in 1966. They were overjoyed when more families settled in the area and were among the founding members when the Roblin congregation was organized in 1967.

Beekeeping colored their lives.  It introduced them to various employees, several of whom have made it their profession. The coffee pot was always on. Once a friend, always a friend. Mom was known for her excellent vinarterta, a delicate dessert stemming from her Icelandic roots. After selling the farm in the mid nineties, they moved into Roblin. Mom suffered a crippling fall and dad became her number one caregiver, chief bottle washer, and cook. Macular degeneration greatly affected Mom in her later years as well as her ongoing battle with dementia.

In 2007, they moved closer to their children, and resided at Chateau Three Hills in Three Hills, Alberta for five years. This brought new challenges, experiences, and more friends. They chose to join the Swalwell congregation at Linden, Alberta and enjoyed being one with them. When mom's health further declined, she moved to Westview Care Community. Dad took a suite at Lynn Haven Apartments, and was at her side daily. Dad often took Mom, together with family and friends out for meals. After Dad moved to Westview Suites and closer to Mom, he continued to help care for her until he became too weak due to his battle with cancer.

Those left with fond memories are son, Don and Wendy, Okotoks, AB; grandchildren Alyssa and Christian, Rochelle and Matt, Delaney, Tamra and Craig, Patricia and Shane; daughter, Anne and Mike Barkman, Linden, AB; grandchildren Amber, Laci, and Jenna; 9 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; special friend Max and husband Ben Schartner; sister-in-law Lillian Josephson; sister-in-law Irene Wiebe; brothers-in-law Robert; Herb and Naomi; Lorne and Suzanne; and Alvin and Faye; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Jim, her parents, parents-in-law, one brother, one brother-in-law.
The family would like to acknowledge the excellent care mom received at Westview Care Community.

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Memory Service

7:00 pm
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Westview Care Community
Box 220
Linden, Alberta, Canada
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Funeral Service

10:30 am
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite
Roblin Church
Roblin, Manitoba, Canada
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