Helena Olga Bloomquist passed away on December 20, 2013 in Ponoka at the age of 84 years. She was born on August 18, 1929 to Gottlieb and Olga Stadel of Bashaw, Alberta. Helena was the second oldest in a family of 4 boys and 4 girls and was raised on the family farm in the Manfred district. She received her education at Manfred, Bashaw, and Lacombe. After graduating from Grade 12, Helena worked for one year as a supervisor at the Calumet school and while there she met Stanley. They were married on December 26, 1948 and were blessed to have 4 children complete the family. They attended the Zion Lutheran Church in Bashaw where Helena taught Sunday School. In later years they worshiped at the Asker Lutheran Church. Helena was a faithful, long time member of the Calumet Ladies Aid. She also enjoyed curling at Calumet with Stan and both were involved at the Mecca Glen Parent and Teacher Association. Besides being a strong support on the farm, she worked for many years in the dietary department at Alberta Hospital Ponoka. Helena enjoyed the simple things in life like gardening, visiting, and travelling. She had a real love of crossword puzzles and was known to frequent the bingo halls on a fairly regular basis. She was known for her kindness and hospitality. The coffee pot was always on. When the grandchildren started arriving, a whole new chapter in Helena’s life unfolded. She spent hours entertaining and playing with them even going “hunting” in the bushes. Helena loved living on the farm and did so until health concerns necessitated a move to the Golden Leisure Lodge in Ponoka. She spent the last few months of her life in hospital and long term care. Even though her health was declining, Helena never lost her gentle, sweet spirit. Helena is survived by her son Warren (Alice) Bloomquist of Ponoka, grandson Eric (Deanna) and great-grandchildren Gabrielle, Michael, Ethan, and Caleb; grandson Kurt of Ponoka; and granddaughter Britt (Colin Pasiechnik) of Lloydminster, SK; son Wayne (Rosanna) Bloomquist of Surrey, B.C. and grandchildren Braden, Kirsten, and Dana; daughter Brenda (Kelvin) Fishley of Calgary and grandchildren Megan and Aaron; and grandson Matthew Jensen; brother Ben Stadel of Bashaw; sister Ruth (Ed) Schneider of Bashaw; sister Meta Freitag of Saskatoon, SK; Ed (Phyllis) Stadel of Edmonton; Lora (Mel) Stromberg of Stettler; and Herman (Jane) Stadel of Millet; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. She was predeceased by her husband Stanley, daughter Carol Jensen, brother Ewald Stadel, sister-in-law Elsie Stadel, and brother-in-law Walter Freitag. An Interment Service was held on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the Calumet Cemetery with a Memorial Service following at the Ponoka Funeral Home. Charitable donations may be made to the Calumet Community Society, the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of your choice. To express condolences to Helena’s family, please visit www.womboldfuneralhomes.com.
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