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BATES, Helen (Rogalsky)

Helen died peacefully in her sleep the morning of July 6, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband Robert, parents John and Mary Rogalsky, sisters Genie Macpherson and Sophie Bell and is survived by her three children Rick (Kelli), Pat, Ken (Janet); grandchildren Tara (Ken), Eric (Ayumi), Dylan (Sarah), Josh, Bronwyn and Maxwell; and great-grandchildren, Audra and Keita. She also leaves behind two sisters, Mary Rogalsky and Stella Bell of Melville, Saskatchewan and brother-in-law Ken Macpherson of Chilliwack as well as many nephews and nieces.

Helen was born in Poland on June 15, 1923 and immigrated to Canada when she was five. Her father settled in Melville, Saskatchewan where he worked for the CNR for many years. She worked in Toronto, Melville and Winnipeg, where she met her future husband. She and Bob married in 1950 and lived in several communities within BC until settling at Christina Lake in 1956 and then moved to Grand Forks in 1966. She continued to live independently after Bob’s passing and was so proud of the fact that she was still living on her own at the age of 90!

Family members gathered on the July long weekend to celebrate her 90th birthday and she had such a wonderful time, as did all. Humble as she was, she couldn’t believe that such a party would be put on for her. She always loved to greet people with a smile and a hug and had a very special way about her with children. She was a gentle spirit with a kind soul. She will be greatly missed by so many, especially her family. We love you Mom!!

A funeral will take place at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Grand Forks on July 20th at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”


July 20th at 12:30 pm

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

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