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Helga Ella Margarete Bandeen

August 31, 1924 β€” April 29, 2023

August 31, 1924 – April 29, 2023

Helga was a strong and tenacious women and was the glue that held her family together. Helga had a kind heart and loved unconditionally.

Helga was born in Alt Strelitz, Germany, August 31, 1924. She had a wonderful childhood growing up with close family and friends. During the war her life was difficult and full of harrowing adventures. She never talked at length about these, but always missed her family and her home in Germany. She eventually found safety and friendship in Mullion, Cornwell, working in a doctor’s office and as a nanny for his family. She developed lifelong friendships with his family and well as the family she lived with. Up until Easter this year, she had maintained her pen pal relationship with her dear friend Evelyn. Mom loved writing letters, she had beautiful penmanship, and checked the mailbox daily. She wanted nothing to do with technology! She left England with Dr. Moynagh and his family, to emigrate to New Zealand. It was there, she met the love of her life, Douglas, a tall, handsome sailer. They married, had two girls and again fate would have them leaving their home to travel to Canada to be reunited with her family. They spent a few years living in Medicine Hat. Roderick their son was born there. Shortly after, they moved to Calgary, and settled in Haysboro. They lived a happy life, surrounded by family and friends. She spent her last few years living in Cochrane, to be close to family.

It is with sadness that the family of Helga Bandeen, announces her passing, on April 29, 2023, at the age of 98. She will be missed by her daughter Veronika Kierzek, her son, Roderick Bandeen, grandchildren, Gregory Kierzek(Erica), Christiane Franssen(Darryl)and Althea Huber(Ben), as well as her beloved great-grandchildren, Jasper, Addisyn and Odin. She will also be missed by her sister Krystal and brother Dieter and all the cousins. She was predeceased by Douglas, her husband, and her daughter Yvonne. She leaves many lifelong friendships.

Helga was a kind , gentle soul, her life was often not easy, but she always fought courageously for herself and the ones she loved. Rest in Peace.

At Helga request, no service will be held. A Memorial tea will be held in her honour in early July, when all the flowers are out. She loved her flowers 🌺 πŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒΉπŸŒ·πŸ’ Details to come.

Arrangements entrusted to Flo Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – 403-932-1039 To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Helga Ella Margarete Bandeen, please visit our flower store.


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