Helen Harder

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Helen Harder died Mar. 31, 2009 at 91. She was born Oct. 11, 1917 in southern Russia to Leonard and Therese Ewert. The family fled to Germany in 1934 to escape increasing persecution. Helen was unable to finish her education, but she had a curious mind and found great joy in reading. After World War II, the family immigrated to Canada, settling in Yarrow, B.C. In 1949, Helen married Nick Harder. They moved to Vancouver in 1955, later living in Penticton, then Kelowna, B.C. Helen was very involved with serving in church. The family had an active social life, and she was a gracious hostess. Helen loved the Lord with a quiet and steadfast faith, anchored by countless hours reading her Bible and spending time with her Lord and Saviour. She was a prayer warrior. Helen loved the outdoors, and was always keen to discover what was around the next corner on a hike. Her biggest hiking triumph was 7,000-foot Mt. Cheam in the Fraser Valley at 78. Predeceased by Nick, grandson Jason, 3 siblings; Helen is mourned by children Ellen (Helmut) Hubert, Manfred (Caroline), Walter (Laura), Herb (Elaine); 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 sister.

  • Birth: October 11, 1917
  • Birthplace:
    South Russia
  • Death: March 31, 2009

  • Parents:
    Leonard and Therese Ewert
  • Married:
    Nick Harder, 1949
  • Family:
    Predeceased by Nick, grandson Jason, 3 siblings; Helen is mourned by children Ellen (Helmut) Hubert, Manfred (Caroline), Walter (Laura), Herb (Elaine); 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 sister