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On Saturday, January 7, 2023, Helmut Gardzella (86 years of age) went to be with his Lord, peacefully, at Village at Mill Creek in Kelowna, BC.

Helmut will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 56 years, Helga; his son Andre (Suzanne), and their children Kathleen, David, Allison, and Marcus; his daughter Michelle (Richard) Henseleit, and their children Talina (Herve), Conrad (Julia), Alex (Hannah), and Nicholas (Joy); his daughter Marion (Mark) Warkentin, and their children Natalie, Timothy, and Rosalie; and his newborn great-granddaughter Hilda Tsiande Kameni; as well as by a large extended family of brothers- & sisters-in-law, nieces & nephews, and many dear friends.  Helmut was predeceased by his parents, Albert & Elisabet; his brother Heinz; and his sister Edith.

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

A Funeral Service will be held on FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2023, at 10:00 AM (PST), at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC, with Pastor Brad Bender officiating. 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, with a reception following in the Springfield Funeral Home Family Centre. 

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2023, at 10:00 AM (PST)


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Service Information

Service Details

The service for GARDZELLA, Helmut is scheduled for FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2023, 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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  • Erich, Joy, Albert & Athena says:

    Dearest Helga and Family,

    Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy for your great loss. Losing someone so beloved is always heartbreaking. Just know that we are with you in spirit, thoughts and prayers as you honour Helmut’s life today.

    We pray that God will comfort you and your whole family during this very sad time. May He richly bless you as you mourn, and may the light of His presence be a continual source of consolation.

    This is a rest stop in our life journey. A journey that has lasted and endured 57 years of friendship. Although the rest stop seems to be quiet permanent, all of us know better. It will not be long, and we will meet, again, in our Lord’s Kingdom.

    🙏Helmut, our dearest friend… May You Rest In Peace.🙏

    With all our love,
    Erich, Joy, Albert, Athena

  • Kevin & Stacey Hilscher says:

    We will miss Uncle Helmut very much. He was such a kind and gentle soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Carol Vetter says:

    So glad to watch the livestream and blessed to hear from the family We miss you Uncle Helmut and are so glad you are with Jesus. Steve and Carol (Behnke) Vetter

  • Judie Barta says:

    Dear Michelle,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family, morning the loss of your father.
    Sending love and light, Judie, Piper and Bridget

  • Edith Grube says:

    My condolences to you Helga and the family. May you now be blessed with many wonderful memories that you shared for so many years. Edith

  • Paula West says:

    Our Heartfelt Condolence to you Dear Michele, YOUR FATHER – OPA HELMUT now with JESUS at Heaven s Home,
    Rest In Peace ! With Love , from Paula West, and Family

  • Renate and Dieter Glups says:

    Dear Helga and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate the life of your sweet husband and Dad. The Livestream service was such a blessing for us to watch. We fondly think back of the Immanuel Baptist days and the Sunshine Ridge days when we attended there together. You have a beautiful family and Helmut was such an example to each of them. We are grateful he has reached his goal and is with his Lord and Saviour. Keeping you in our prayers love Renate and Dieter Glups

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