1939 to 2021
With her daughters, Laurie-Anne and Paula, by her side, Helen passed away on June 28, 2021. Helen entered heaven into the loving arms of her son Chris. She was 81 years old. Helen will be remembered for her magical laugh, amazing hugs and deep faith. She touched many lives through her careers as a teacher and a nurse. Helen deeply loved her family. Being a mother, Grandmother and Nana was her greatest joy in life.
Helen was a loving mother to Laurie-Anne Lamothe and Paula O’Brien; mother-in-law to Mike O’Brien; Grandma and Grams to Jesse O’Brien (Brittany), Cody O’Brien (Taylor) and Tanner O’Brien; G-ma to Kyle Samaroo and Emilie-Anne Samaroo; Nana to Luca and Rowyn O’Brien and Peyton O’Brien.
Helen was predeceased by her parents, Laurier and Gertrude, son Chris, brother Gerald and husband Ronald.
She will be fondly remembered by her sister Constance and sister-in-law Irene. Special Aunt to Kerry (Leanne), Dean, Terri Ann and Cori. Special Grandma of the heart to Nana, Sarah, Jaden and Anna.
Laurie-Anne and Paula are grateful for the loving friendship Helen had with their dad Emile and their step-mother Ella.
During this difficult time, Helen’s family is exceptionally grateful to the nurses and doctors at the Hotel Dieu Shaver. Their kindness, patience and grace guided Helen and her family through their journey. As an expression of gratitude, donations to the Hotel Dieu Shaver would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.
In keeping with Helen’s wishes, the family will receive guests for visitation at the GEORGE DARTE FUNERAL HOME 585 Carlton St. St. Catharines on Tuesday July 6th from 10AM to 11AM with a celebration of Helen’s life to follow. Due to Covid-19 please book your visitation and/or funeral attendance at 905-937-4444. For those viewing the ceremony virtually, please visit Helen’s obituary page at www.georgedartefuneralhome.com. Internment at St. Mary’s Cemetery, North Bay, Ontario at a later date.