Helen NEUDORF

NEUDORF, Helen. Was born May 14, 1912 on the Epp homestead, the first daughter after four sons for her pioneer parents Jacob and Anna Epp of the Eigenheim district of Rosthern, SK. Helen and her siblings were the first generation born in Canada.

Helen attended the Eigenheim school for an education of about grade 8 as was common in those days. Her family attended the Eigenheim Mennonite church and this is where she married Herman Neudorf in August of 1935. They lived mostly in the Rosthern area where their three children were born. Later they moved to BC in the fall of 1947 and then experienced the flood of 1948 in the Greendale area. Leaving farming behind they moved to Abbotsford, found livihood and attended the Alliance church. Her final three years were spent at Hallmark on the Park and here Helen celebrated her 100th birthday with two great parties but three days later she fell and was hospitalized. She died in Worthington Pavilion on September 8, 2012. Helen was predeceased by her parents, all her seven siblings; Emil, George, Bill, Arthur and Jake; sisters Anne Elias and Dora Adrian; her husband Herman and all his siblings and their spouses. She is survived by children Marlene (Elmer) Vigh of Chilliwack, Vander (Pat) of Sicamous, Wayne (Lynn) of Kamloops, six grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and four great, great grandchildren, sister-in-law Lillian Epp, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Friday September 14 at the SevenOaks Alliance church, preceded by a graveside service at Hazelwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Alliance church Missions project.


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