The family of Helen Boyko (nee Stenabaugh) sorrowfully wishes to announce her passing at the Hogarth Riverview Manor on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 after a lengthy illness.
Helen was born in Kapuskasing, Ont. on Oct. 8, 1942 to the late Alice and Norman Stenabaugh.
After graduating from high school, she pursued nursing training in Thunder Bay, at which time she met the love of her life, Alex. They were married in Kapuskasing on Aug. 22, 1964. Shortly after their marriage, they took up residence in Red Lake, Ont., leaving two years later with their first-born son, Brent.
Their next five years were spent in Thunder Bay, where their children, Jennifer and Kurt, were born.
In 1971, the family moved to Fort Frances, Ont., where Helen completed her RNA training after lovingly raising her children through their early years. Helen was employed as an RNA at Rainycrest Home for the Aged, and retired in 1996.
After retirement, Helen and Alex enjoyed spending the winters in Arizona and Texas, and their summers at their home on the shores of Rainy Lake.
In 2002, after 31 years in Fort Frances, the family reunited in Thunder Bay in order to support Helen in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. During this period, Alex and Helen resided in both the homes of Brent and Jennifer (son-in law, Sean) until Helen was admitted to Hogarth in April, 2006.
Helen is survived by her husband, Alex; son, Brent (Samantha), daughter, Jennifer (Sean), and son, Kurt (Marcela); grandchildren, Kaitlin, Keegan, Emily, Grant, Keanna, and Tristan; three sisters, Joan (Bonnar), Patsy (Allan), and Sandy (Steve); as well as her 10 brothers, Bill (Mary), Tom (Linda), Ted (Phoebe), Bob (Sue), Dan (Joanne), David (Jeannie), Lorne (Debbie), Kenny (Bridget), Brent (Anne), and Barry (Nancy).
She was predeceased by her father, Norman; and one brother in infancy. Her mother, Alice, recently passed away on Jan. 28, 2009.
A memorial mass was held Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009 at San Luis Roman Catholic Church in Coquimbo, Chile.
A prayer service will be held Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 at 4 p.m. at St. Dominic’s Parish Community, 130 Redwood Ave., Thunder Bay.
The funeral mass will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dominic’s, with Rev. Daniel Lapolla officiating.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Care Group or the Alzheimer’s Society.
Online condolences may be offered through www.nwfainc.com