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Helen Hertha (Scheerschmidt) Finlay

Born: Thu., Aug. 6, 1931
Died: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Thu., Jan. 09, 2020
Location: Stettler Funeral Home


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Helen Hertha Finlay
(nee Scheerschmidt)
1931 - 2020

Helen Hertha (Scheerschmidt) Finlay
Helen was born on August 6th, 1931 in Stettler, AB and passed away on January 3, 2020 also in Stettler.  
She went to school at the Lone Pine School until leaving school at the age of 14 to go out to work.  She took her Nurses Aid Training working in Stettler and Hanna.  She met Franklin Finlay and they were married Oct 4th of 1954.  
Franklin was working in the oilfield and they lived in Drayton Valley for a while.  Greg was born May of 1956, Kim was born June of 1958, and Bess was born February of 1962.
In May of 1962 they bought and moved to the farm south of Botha. Helen took great pride in raising chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, pigs, dairy and beef cattle, bees for a while until she became allergic to being stung. Helen also had a large garden and orchard which she would harvest in the fall then do canning and pickles.
For a few years Franklin coached hockey teams in Botha and Helen would mend the hockey uniforms for the teams. They also enjoyed ice fishing in the winter and often fished at Pigeon Lake with friends and family.   After moving to Stettler she enjoyed her flowers in her yard and the birds.  Helen loved visiting with family, friends, reading and doing puzzle books.
Helen put up a brave fight with kidney cancer for over 15 years.
She will be missed by many.
She is survived by her children: Greg (Vivian) Finlay, Kim Finlay, Bess (Gary) Shepherd; grandchildren: Tanner Finlay, Amanda (Tim Omilusik) Shepherd, Dawn Saunders Dahl, Shawn (Michele) Grouette, Pamela (Scott Anderson) Grouette, Ashley (Tim) Jeffereys great grandchildren Deanna Omilusik, Rebecca Grouette, Nathanial Grouette, Emily Grouette, Wyle Jeffreys, Rocky Jeffreys;  sisters:  Emily Scheerschmidt, Christa MacLeod; brothers Edgar (Pauline) Scheerschmidt, Ray Scheerschmidt as well as numerous other relatives and many dear friends.
She was predeceased by her parents Amandus Bernhardt Scheerschmidt and Louise (Wienelt) Scheerschmidt; husband Franklin;  brothers Edward and Bernard, sister in law Louise Scheerschmidt, brother in law Don MacLeod, sister in law Margret Vickers and  brother in law Stan Vickers and nephew Everett (Irene) Wilson.
A celebration of Helen’s life will take place at the Stettler Funeral Home on Thursday, January 9th 2020 at 2:00 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s memory to STARS, The Alberta Kidney Foundation or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Should friends desire condolences to the family may be made by visiting the funeral home website at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com
The Stettler Funeral Home is entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.  For further information please call 403-742-3422.

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Christa McLeod, Catherine McLeod Seltzer & Bruce McLeod
   Posted Mon January 06, 2020
Dear Greg, Kim and Bess,

Our condolences on the passing of your mother. We have many fond memories of her on the farm when Bruce and I were kids. She would be in her big rubber boots with an equally large smile on her face! Both Bruce and I learned how to milk cows from Helen!! We are sorry that we wont be able to be there on Thursday but Christa is not able to travel anymore. We will be thinking of you all and sending our prayers. Catherine, Bruce and Christa.

Rose Fenske (Scheerschmidt)
   Posted Wed January 08, 2020
To Helen's family and brothers and sisters.
Deepest sympathy in the passing of your mother, grandmother and sister. It was always great to see Helen at the Scheerschmidt family reunions. I would often meet her grocery shopping on the first Tuesday of the month and we would have a little chat about gardening and canning.
May your many memories keep her with you always.
Sincerely
Rose.

Marnie Hoskins
   Posted Fri January 10, 2020
So sorry for you to lose your Mom Bess. My heart is still broken from just losing my Mom. They were the best.

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