Mary "Helen" (Durkac) Oswald

Born: Mon., Jun. 15, 1936
Died: Mon., Aug. 24, 2020

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In Loving Memory of
"Helen" Mary Helen Oswald
(nee Durkac)
June 15, 1936 - August 24, 2020

Helen passed away peacefully
at the Wikwemikong Nursing Home on Monday, August 24, 2020
at the age of 84.

Born on June 15, 1936 to the late Anthony and Mary Durkac in Creighton Mines, Ontario. Helen had three siblings born in Slovakia, while she and her younger brother were born in Canada.

Helen is survived by her sister-in-law Emily Durkac.

Beloved wife of
Bartolomej "Joseph" Oswald (predeceased).

Loving mother to
Kristina Carr (Paul),
son-in-law Daniel Hales (predeceased),
Bertha Leeson (Morden), Andy Oswald,
and John Oswald (Lori).

Cherished Baba to her loved grandchildren,
Dustin Hales, Ben Leeson (Susan), Luke Leeson,
Erik Hales (Samantha), Shauna Leeson,
Jesse Leeson (Lacey), Elizabeth Oswald (Jacob),
Courtney Oswald and Andrew Oswald.
Great Baba to her 12 adored great grandchildren.

Greatly missed by many extended family members and dear friends from Canada, United States of America, Slovakia
and Mexico.
Helen was a "foodie" always willing to exchange a recipe or two. She loved a great party and used her own entertainment talents to encourage others to perform both with her and for her in various community events. She was an artist who gave of her gifts in thoughtful words, songs and in her art to the delight of the recipients.
Helen's legacy is her unconditional love for her family and her ability to adapt to whatever life presented her. She took each opportunity  to look for the best in the people she met and the situations that she experienced.  The world is a better place having had this special lady as part of our lives for such a short period of time.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all services are private.

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Gail Gjos
   Posted Tue August 25, 2020
Helen was always a joyful member of our Simply Scarlet Red Hat group. We always enjoyed her company and will miss her. Condolences to her family and I am sure you have many happy memories too!

Jan McMurray
   Posted Tue August 25, 2020
Deepest condolences to Helen's family. Helen was a great lady, with a good sense of humor. I went with my Dad a few times to visit her in the Nursing home. She was always very cheerful, talkative and would laugh and joke right along with my father. R.I.P. Helen.

Grant & Nancy Moggy
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
Heartfelt sympathies go out to Helen's family and Friends. She was a very vibrant woman who will be missed by everyone. Her passing will leave a huge void in many people's lives. I was so blessed to have known her since I was in public school, spending sleepovers at her house with Bertha. Sending healing hugs, and prayers to her family, as they prepare to say good-bye!! Heaven gained another angel from Tehkummah!

Mandy McLean
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
Deepest condolences to the family. Helen was a great woman and she will be truly missed and will always be remembered. Hugs to all.

Sharon Case
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
Deepest sympathies to all Helen’s family.

Williard & Diana Pyette
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
Our sincere condolences to Helen's family, such a lovely lady. Loved seeing her and sometimes taking her treats while visiting at WNH. She was a great friend to us too.

Pauline Martin
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
Helen was such an active happy person who performed and hosted a lot of country music shows that everyone enjoyed in Tehkummah . She will be greatly missed . Our sympathy to all her Family . Wayne & Pauline Martin

Bill and Maimie Sim
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
Deepest sympathy to all of Helen.s family.She was a very special lady and will be missed.Thoughts and prayers to all.

Dianne Jewell
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
My sincerest condolences, Bertha , to you and all of your family. My memories of your Mom was when she came shopping to the store in Manitowaning. Such a kind lovely lady who loved to chat . She will be missed....

Dianne Jewell
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
My sincerest condolences, Bertha , to you and all of your family. My memories of your Mom was when she came shopping to the store in Manitowaning. Such a kind lovely lady who loved to chat . She will be missed....

Carole H Labelle
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
So sorry to hear of Helen's passing. Thinking of the family at this time and sending prayers and thoughts your way.

ALICE PENNIE
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
Our condolences to the family. Helen was a friendly, kind lady. Another very well known citizen from Tehkummah to be missed.

Dorothy and Ken Rowe
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY, SHE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. SHE WAS A VERY GOOD FRIEND AND NEIGHBOUR TO MY FAMILY.

Helen and John Turner
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
Dear Andy: We will never forget your Mum. We'd talk and laugh and giggle about all the everyday things in our lives. We remember the first time we met Helen, her great big smile, her kindness and her warm welcome. We used to laugh with her about the time we paid an unannounced visit to the farm and there she was plucking chickens .... feathers flying everywhere! Our loving thoughts are with you all.

Linda Bowerman
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
My condolences to all of Helen's family. She was a very special lady and always enjoyed the shows she would host in Tehkummah and Manitowaning.

SALLY
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
So sorry to hear Bertha...I always loved to see your Mom....Thinking of you and Morden...

Nelson and Joanne
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
Andy - Our sincerest condolences to you and your family. Nelson and Joanne

Linda McGillis
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
My Deepest Sympathy to all of Helen's family. She was a lovely friendly lady who will me greatly missed.

Jamie Sagle
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to all the family. She will be missed dearly. Will miss seeing her at the nursing home.

Dorothy Ferguson and Family
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
Bertha and family
I was so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She will be missed.

Connie and Nikki Laidley
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
Sincere condolences to the Oswald family.

Becky Van Horn
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
There were so many connections between our families for a very long time. Helen and Joe were the very best of people. I trained a 4H calf at the farm one summer. If I stayed a little longer and helped in the garden there was a sweet reward at the end. Forever giving of herself for no reward but for the joy of others. My heart goes out to all her family, safe travels Helen.

Sharon and Fred Lucas
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family. She will be missed.

Reg & Noreen leeson
   Posted Thu August 27, 2020
our sincere condolences to all of helens family & friends she will be missed by alot of her friends & family -Reg & Noreen

Ila & Graham Lloyd
   Posted Thu August 27, 2020
She was such a lovely lady! Our Sympathy, Ila & Graham

Janet and Max Marechaux
   Posted Thu August 27, 2020
Fond memories of a lovely lady.

Bill Reid
   Posted Thu August 27, 2020
Our deepest sympathys to all of Helen's Family. Lots of good memories around the Oswald farm.

Sandra Pope and family
   Posted Thu August 27, 2020
Sincere condolences to the family. Helen was a very friendly lady. She will be missed.

Susan and Sean Sweetman
   Posted Fri August 28, 2020
Our deepest sympathies are felt for Andy as he mourns the loss of his dear mother. She was a shining part of his life as he always spoke so softly and kindly of her. Although we can’t be there to pass on our condolences personally please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you Andy.
Susan and Sean Sweetman

Larry and Laura Watson
   Posted Fri August 28, 2020
Sincere condolences to a lovely woman’s family. Always one of my favourite people, as a close neighbour for years, to always a friendly, cheerful, smart lady to visit. Someone truly admired.

Betty and Eric Russell
   Posted Fri August 28, 2020
We considered Helen a very dear friend. Always so positive and fun to be around. We will miss her dearly. Sincere sympathy to you all.

Paul Robson
   Posted Fri August 28, 2020
My condolences to the family. She was a lovely lady. I will pray for her and family at an upcoming Mass. Too bad I missed her by a day, as I visited the nursing home on Tuesday.
- Fr. Paul Robson sj

Mary David
   Posted Sat August 29, 2020
My sincerest sympathies from my girls and of course myself. Helen was
the Godmother of my three girls Janine, Pamela and Adrienne. Helen
often sent birthday cards to the girls and always asked about them.
I often talked to Helen on the phone. This sure has come as a shock
to myself and my girls. Our sincerest sympathies, Helen was really
a wonderful person. She will be sadly missed. My personal sympathies Mary David

Andy Duinker
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
Thinking of Helen and Joe's family on this sad occasion. Our family shared some wonderful memories with Joe, Helen and the kids. Blessings to all.

John 'n Sharon MacDonald
   Posted Wed September 02, 2020
Our condolences to all of Helen's family and her community of friends and loved ones. She was very passionate and embraced life. Her love of music was the first thing but not the last that drew us to her. She made a positive impact on her community.

MAME MURRAY
   Posted Fri September 04, 2020
SENDING SYMPATHY TO ALL HER FAMILY
HELEN WAS A WARM & WELCOMING PERSON
WHO CHERISHED HER FAMILY . YES, A "FOODIE".
I REMEMBER THE FABULOUS SMELLS IN HER KITCHEN
& THE BEAUTY OF HER GARDENS .
I HOPE YOUR MEMORIES SUSTAIN YOU ALL DURING THIS SAD TIME
MAME,MICHAEL & ADRIAN

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