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GARDZELLA, Helga Hildegard

April 18, 1936 — December 30, 2023

On Saturday, December 30, 2023, Helga Gardzella (87 years of age) went to be with her Lord.

Helga will be dearly missed by her son Andre (Suzanne), and their children Kathleen, David, Alison, and Marcus; her daughter Michelle (Richard) Henseleit, and their children Talina (Herve), Conrad (Julia), Alex (Hannah), and Nicholas (Joy); her daughter Marion (Mark) Warkentin, and their children Natalie, Timothy, and Rosalie; and her great-granddaughter Hilda Tsiande Kameni; as well as by her extended family of sisters & brothers-in-law, Walli (Oswald) Kuehn & Rosie (Fred) Kurschat; her nieces & nephews; and her many dear friends.

Helga was predeceased by her husband Helmut, her parents, Wilhelm & Auguste; her brothers, Gerhardt and Erwin; her sisters, Frieda and Lilli; as well as 5 siblings in wartime Germany.

Expressions of sympathy, flowers, and memory cards are welcome, and memorial donations in Helga’s memory to the Kelowna’s Gospel Mission would be most appropriate. Kelowna Gospel Mission, 1635 Abbott St, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1A9.

A Funeral Service will be held on SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2024, at 10:00 AM (PST), at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC, with Pastor Brad Bender officiating, with a reception following in the Springfield Funeral Home Family Centre. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

Interment will take place at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, 1991 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2024, at 10:00 AM (PST)


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The service for GARDZELLA, Helga Hildegard is scheduled for SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2024, at 10:00 AM (PST). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Dave and Gloria Brubacher says:

    We were saddened to learn of your dear mother’s death. How wonderful to know that someday we will meet again.
    Helga was always friendly and kind when we would see her out and about and would stop to chat. I’m sure she will be greatly missed.

  • Helga Zukowski says:

    We loved your parents and have wonderful memories! The memorial today was absolutely beautiful and we will keep your family in our prayers!

  • Ute und Rüdiger Behnke says:

    Hello everyone from our Canadian relatives
    Aunt Helga’s funeral service touched us very much and moved us deeply.
    We enjoyed the pictures, the lively accounts of the lives of the sisters, children and grandchildren and the songs.
    It’s very good to see what vivid traces Aunt Helga has left in her life.
    We felt a special spiritual closeness in the words and songs and became very grateful for how rich Aunt Helga’s life was despite all the difficulties and burdens.
    We feel very connected to you in the midst of grief and loss and wish you that, despite all sadness and all letting go, you experience the protection and blessing of our common Lord.
    Ute and Rüdiger Behnke

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