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HELEN PETERSON (published on February 09, 2009)

HELEN PETERSON (nee KAMAROUS) 1925 2009 Peacefully on February 5, 2009 at home, surrounded by her loving family, Helen passed away at the age of 83 years. Left to cherish her memories are her children and grandchildren; David (Darlene), Ashley and Ryan; Joy (John), Heather (Brett), Erin, and Andrew; Leonard (Brenda), Eric, Mark, and Colleen; Joan (Clarence), Nicholas (Jocelyn), Daniel, and Phillippe; great-grandchildren Lukas, Brody, Maurice and Aurora; sisters Florence and Margie; brother Victor (Doreen); sister-in-law Kaye and all her nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Helen was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Gotthard; son Edward Anthony; son-in-law, Lawrence and brothers Fred and Mike Kamarous. Mom was born on December 4, 1925 at Belmont, Manitoba. The family moved to Cypress River in 1939. Following studies at United College in Winnipeg, Mom taught school at Boyne Creek School in Treherne. She returned to Cypress River in 1945 and worked at the Co-op store for five years. She married Gotthard Peterson of Teulon, Manitoba in 1950 and they lived happily in Cypress River until 1970 when they moved to Winnipeg. Mom enjoyed working in sales at Eatons in Polo Park for several years. In 2002 she moved from the family home to her apartment where she has made many new friends over the last six years. Mom had many passions in her life. Her family was the world to her. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her special friends and loved spending time playing with their Nana / Grandma/ Little Nana. Mom loved all sports, for both the competition and the friendship, and was a keen curler and bowler. She was able to combine this love of sports and competition with her children and grandchildren and was a supportive, and very proud fan. Music was the foundation of her life. She was always the happiest when she was playing the piano, singing, or dancing. Music brought mom and dad together and their music will live on in the hearts of all who had the pleasure to be part of their lives. Mom was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need and her home was a welcome haven of warmth, love and honesty for all ages. Her sense of community was strong and she volunteered her time and energy in many different areas. Mom enjoyed life and had the wonderful ability to make anyone that met her recognize that they were very special to her. Her smile and sense of humour always brought sunshine into the room. Mom will be sadly missed but she will live on through the laughter and wisdom that is shared through the memories of her life. The family would like to thank the compassionate members of the Palliative Care team. They provided Mom with the support, guidance, and respect needed to enjoy the time at home with her family and friends during her brief illness. A celebration of Helen's life will be held in the Friends Funeral Chapel, 2146 Main St., Winnipeg on Tuesday, February 10 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Alan Armstrong officiating. Internment will take place at Glencoe Cemetery, Cypress River at approximately 3:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorials would be appreciated in Helen's memory to the Palliative Care Program, St. Boniface General Hospital, A8024 409 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg, R2H 2A6; Glencoe Cemetery Fund c/o Darwin Richmond Cypress River, MB ROK OPO, or to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. On line condolences can be sent to: Jamieson's Funeral Services of Baldur-Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480

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