Helga Loewen was a gift to this world and a treasure to her family for 83 years. She passed away on 23 November 2020. Born in Coaldale, Alberta, on 17 March 1937, Helga’s inquiring mind made it natural for her to train as a teacher. Her career in the classroom was short, but she remained an educator throughout her life—seeing deeply and sharing generously, she was a mentor to many. Helga’s memory is especially precious to her surviving family members: husband George Loewen of Edmonton; children Philip Loewen (Kimberley) of North Vancouver and Laura Pankratz (Allen) of Edmonton; grandchildren Jonathan Loewen (Lianne McLean), Nicholas Loewen, Elizabeth Pankratz, and David Pankratz; and great-grandchild Oscar Loewen. Helga is also survived by her siblings Werner Schmidt (Teena), John Schmidt (Bertha), Louise Knelsen (Dave), and Linda Bensler (Ed) and their families, and through marriage to a host of in-laws in the extended Schmidt, Enns, Hubert, and Loewen families. Helga was predeceased by her parents, Anna Schmidt (nee Dick, 1975) and George Schmidt (1999), first husband Jacob Hubert (1960), granddaughter Katherine Loewen (2004), stepmother Mary Enns (2008), and sister Heidi Kornelsen (2019). A lifelong disciple of Jesus Christ, Helga was confident and loving to the last. Death was, to her, a homecoming. May her memory continue to be a blessing.
A Celebration of Life service will be hosted by the Lendrum Mennonite Church on Saturday 5 December 2020, starting at 11 a.m. Mountain Time. To join online, follow the links on the church’s website, https://www.lendrumchurch.ca/.
The family thanks Dr. W. Wash and the caring staff of the Grey Nuns Community Hospital for their kind and dedicated care for Helga, particularly in recent days.
Memorial donations in Helga’s honour may be directed to the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA, https://www.meda.org/) or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton (780)450-0101