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HERRINGER – Helen (nee Teolis)

June 7, 1923 – October 20, 2009

Elena Faelicia Teolis, daughter of Irma Passavanti and Angeloantonio Teolis was born in Toronto, where she attended St. Joseph’s High School and later graduated with a BA in languages from the University of Toronto. Through a nurse, who turned out to be her future husband’s sister, Helen began writing to a dashing young army captain stationed overseas, James Herringer, from Maple Creek, Sask. The casual pen pals soon deepened their correspondence, and when they met for the first time in the Toronto train station, it was love at first sight. The two were married in Toronto in 1946, and later Jim’s work with Shell brought them to Calgary in 1949. Helen and Jim had five children, and off and on during those years Helen worked in various positions in both Edmonton and Calgary.

When she was in her early 60s, Helen nursed her husband Jim (1985), and her son Jay (1989), through terminal illnesses. She was also predeceased by her brothers Arnie and Hub. These losses gave her incredible resilience, and increased her love and appreciation of her life. She loved family celebrations and enjoyed travel, opera, classical music, bridge and especially, good conversation. She was a fabulous cook, and one of the original recyclers.

Helen lived with lung cancer for ten months, and died with great grace, not wanting to leave her life a moment too soon. Helen’s children, Barbara (Barbara), Stephen (Donna), Michael, and Chris (Clare) will miss her terribly, but are thankful for the times they shared with her, and for having had such an intelligent and feisty mother. Helen also leaves her cherished older sister, Elda Walton of Toronto; as well as her grandchildren, Diana (Lawrence), Tim (Emi), Katharine (Ivan), Stephanie, Paul, Jay, Ben, Nic, and Lena; and many nieces and nephews who kept in touch with her over the years.

We will never tire of telling stories about her life, and continuing Helen’s tradition of having a ‘happy hour’ each day.

Our thanks to everyone who cared for and supported our mother on her journey: her friends and relatives both near and far including Father John Green, Gail, Katherine, Marc, Maureen, Neil, Tom and Helen Foster, Michelle, and Terry Keelan; Barbara Kearnes and the palliative care team; Christine from We Care; and everyone at the Rosedale Hospice, for their compassionate and professional care.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 – 24 Street S.W.) on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, (10827 – 24 Street S.W.) on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through No flowers please, donations to Rosedale Hospice (920 – 7 A street N.W., Calgary, AB) in Helen’s name would be welcomed.

In living memory of Helen Herringer, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Auntie Helen, you will be missed in many homes in Canada. Whenever I came to Calgary on business your door was always open and you would never hear of me staying at a hotel. Your smile will be included in my fondest memories. Be at peace.

    To all my cousins, my heartfelt condolences. Your mom was truly an icon in the Herringer family.

    I will miss Auntie Helen and I share your sorrow at this time. God bless you all.


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  2. Bev & Kim Blue :

    Michael and Family – so sorry to hear about Helen’s passing. May your happy memories help to remind you to celebrate her life.
    Our deepest sympathies. Bev & Kim Blue

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  3. To all the Herringers

    Sending warm thoughts from east to west to you all in memory of Aunty Helen. I’m glad I got to see her a few times on her visits to Toronto over the last few years. We shared lots of laughs and good conversation. I loved her ‘tell it like it is’ attitude. A great and honest way to live. I will miss her too.

    Diane xox

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  4. Debbie and Don Bain :

    Having Auntie Helen living in Edmonton while I was a teenager, let me get to know her better than some of my other relatives. I have a lot of good memories of her. Our thoughts are with you all at this time. Love Debbie, Don, Andrew and Travis Bain

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  5. Mike,
    Difficult times but wanted to connect with you after years to say how sorry I am for your loss…and also to say I’m still funnier than you.
    We gave each other some great verbal jabs over the years as we dealt with sad, bad and brilliant things…I hope you know I mean no disrespect with the ‘funnier than you’ comment. I hope you’re well.
    Regards and respect to your family.

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  6. Eileen McNeil :

    In my ministry, I am so blessed to meet wonderful people;your mom, Helen, is one that has touched my heart. From the first day I met her at Rosedale Hospice, I was struck by her deep faith, her sense of humour, her interest life and wanting to share in other’s realities. She wanted to know about my family and, when my son was married, she said “now tell me all about it.” Whenever I came with Holy Communion, she would say that now her day could start and that she would have strength and the peace that comes from the deep awareness of her God. Often she would ask me to read Psalm 139 and said that it gave her comfort. I feel very honoured to be welcomed into her life and thank each of you for giving up some of your precious time so that I could be with her.

    I am sorry that I cannot be with you at Prayers or at the Mass. I will be praying for Helen and for all of you over the next while. Helen was a special lady and I know that you agree with me. I am priviledged to have been part of her journey.

    Eileen McNeil
    RC Chaplain, Rosedale Hospice

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  7. Lena Herringer :

    This was my grandmother I miss her so much. I feel bad that I did not get more time to spend with her, She was smart, caring and just a great person

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