Helen Lina Kitzul, 86, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged (formerly of 629 Keating Ave.), Fort Frances, Ont., passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2004 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.
She was born Oct. 2, 1917 in Roblin, Man. to the late John and Katherine Basaraba. In 1928, Helen moved to Fort Frances with her parents and the younger of her nine siblings.
In her younger years, Helen was known for her cooking and baking talents. With her sister, Polly, she owned and operated King’s Koffee Kup—famous for its hearty fare and the occasional feed of perohy and holupchi.
Helen later was employed by the Minnesota-Ontario paper mill and was proud to be a member of the quarter-century club. Upon her retirement from Boise, Helen spent many happy summers at Canamera, the family cabin on Rainy Lake, where she loved to entertain family and friends.
Fresh blueberry pie were her baking specialty.
Helen’s goal in life was to be a good and loving mother—a goal she accomplished readily and with great ease. She took great pride in her children and grandchildren. In later years, the hugs and kisses of her great-grandchildren brought her such happiness.
The lives of others were touched by her generosity and loving care.
Helen is survived by one son, Ron King and wife, Mary, of Fort Frances, Ont.; one daughter, Marcia and husband, Don Zeleny, of Fort Frances, Ont.; four grandchildren, Tony King and wife, Pam, of Fort Frances, Ont., David King and wife, Nicole, of Sudbury, Ont., Michael Mihichuk and wife, Terri, of Fort Frances, Ont., and Angela Mihichuk of Thunder Bay, Ont.; and three great-grandchildren, Dawson Mihichuk, Averi King, and Keira King.
Also surviving are one brother, Peter Basabara and wife, Polly, of Fort Frances, Ont.; special nephew, Bill Tryhuk of Fort Frances, Ont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer Kitzul on Sept. 1, 1996; one brother, John Basaraba; and six sisters, Polly Korman, Mary Urbanski, Annie Welenchenko, Jessie Turewich, Rose Beck, and Effie Tryhuk.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 22, 2004 at 10 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Fr. Jaroslaw Buciora will officiate, with interment in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
Visitation will be held Sunday, March 21, 2004 from 7 until 9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Prayers will be offered at 7:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Michael Mihichuk, Tony King, and David King; and nephews, Alan Basaraba, Kim Basaraba, and Paul Neurinski.
Honourary pallbearers will be Bill Tryhuk, the Bill Neurinski family, Peter Basabara, Polly Basaraba, and many of her close friends.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to either the Fort Frances Library, 363 Church St., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1C9 or to St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 804 McKenzie Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2B2.