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Helena Schmidt

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Helena accepted Christ as Saviour the summer of 1940 and was baptized into Sardis MB Church, Chilliwack, B.C., in summer 1948. She attended Elim Bible School, Yarrow, B.C., for 3 years. Helena married Ben Schmidt, Mar. 26, 1951, and they first lived in Salmon Valley, B.C. In 1951, they moved to Grand Forks, B.C., where Ben taught school for 34 years. Helena was active at Grand Forks Gospel Chapel in Sunday School, choir, and girl’s club. Her strongest spiritual gift was mercy, and she was known for showing hospitality, offering kindness, and bringing many children to Sunday School. She loved young children and often had a song or rhyme to fit the day or play. When Ben retired in 1985, he and Helena travelled to many countries helping different missions. After “second retirement,” they spent 5 years at Jewel Lake, B.C.; 9 in Oliver, B.C.; 9 in Midway, B.C.; and the last 3.5 at Hardy View Lodge, Grand Forks. Although Helena’s family will miss her dearly, they share her confidence that, because Jesus died and rose again, we will one day be together with the Lord forever.

  • Birth: August 22, 1929
  • Birthplace:
    Whitewater, Man.
  • Death: January 5, 2021
  • Parents:
    Peter & Margaret Dyck
  • Married:
    Ben Schmidt, Mar. 26, 1951 [d. Apr. 30, 2019]
  • Family:
    Peggy (Laurence Epp), Leonard (Jean), Rowland (Esther), Christine (Mark Danyluk), Carolyn (Noel Knapp); 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren including Claire Epp [d.]; 1 brother
  • Church:
    Grand Forks (B.C.) Gospel Chapel
  • Baptism:
    Sardis MB (now Greendale), Chilliwack, B.C., 1948