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Helen Wittenberg

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Helen graduated as an RN from St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, in 1951, and nursed nearly 40 years at MSA Hospital, Abbotsford, B.C., then as a homecare nurse for BC Public Health. She loved her nursing career, and was dedicated to providing the very best patient-centred care possible. She made many friends during her time as a nurse, and made a difference in the lives of countless people under her care. She volunteered with Pioneer Girls at Central Heights and sang in the choir. When Helen retired, she turned her energies to watercolour painting and volunteering at the MCC thrift store. Helen was dedicated, honest, pragmatic, hardworking and a first-rate practical joker. In 1965, she enthusiastically went with 3 kids under 10 to Tanzania, where John taught 2 years at Kazima Secondary School, Tabora. Helen made a difference there, particularly by providing urgent medical care. In her last years, she faced cancer, heart disease and dementia. Despite challenges, she always greeted friends and family with a smile.

  • Birth: August 17, 1928
  • Birthplace:
    Blumenort, Sask.
  • Death: April 11, 2015
  • Parents:
    Peter & Agatha Schellenberg
  • Married:
    John Wittenberg, Aug. 22, 1953
  • Family:
    John; children Ruth (Paul Jarman), Judy (Neil Schafer), David (Terri); 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren
  • Church:
    Central Heights, Abbotsford, B.C.