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"Cousin Helen (Janzen)
Goslin passed away May 26, 2011 at the Leamington Mennonite Home. She was
born in the Ukraine and the daughter of Maria Mathies and Peter Janzen. Her
father died before Helen was born. When her mother Maria was 26 and Helen 2
they emigrated to Canada with Maria's brother A. J. Mathies and family.
Helen's memorial service was held Saturday, May 28th, in the
Leamington Mennonite Home chapel.
At the funeral Linda accompanied her daughter Rosalind who
sang beautifully. Linda read a story of Helen's life. She thanked everyone
who had ever helped Helen over the years. There were volunteers at the Home
who fed her and for a whole year Ed had dropped in at Helen's apartment
every morning to give Helen her pill to make sure she took it. Ed's office
happened to be right across the street.
Rev. Henry Regier gave a sermon ... I read a poem by brother
Art..... a second cousin Eleanor Mathies said a few words and finally, there
was a lady called Shirley who wanted to say something. When Helen got
married she decided she needed a housekeeper and hired Shirley. After Mr.
Goslin died Helen moved to an apartment in Leamington and still had Shirley
come to help her. They became good friends. Helen always watched Bob Barker
and The Price is Right and wished she could be on the show ... One day she
asked Shirley to go with her to California to see the show live. They flew
to California and went to the show three different days. Although Helen
didn't get chosen to be on the show Shirley said she had a good time.
Shirley continued to visit Helen in the various nursing homes and said Helen
was always positive and an ice-cream sundae from McDonalds would really
light up her face. Helen even took a tour to the Holy Land. Bless her soul!
This morning, Monday, May 30, 2011 Helen's ashes were buried
with her Mom at the Leamington Evergreen Memorial Cemetery . The Reverend
gave a short reading, we sang several songs, covered the grave with blue and
white funeral flowers and said goodbye.
Then we went out for lunch and as Helen would have done it, she picked up
Submitted by Louise Ross