Helena VanderKooi

Helena VanderKooi

Helena Nicole VanderKooi (Arends)

July 22, 1973 – September 13, 2012

It is with heavy hearts and joyful spirits that we say ‘see you later’ to our beautiful mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend who is and healed in the arms of her Lord and Savior after her courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Helen is survived by her husband of 20 years Jesse, and their four children; Miranda (18), Jessica (15), Tianna (13) and Caleb (9). Her parents Henk and Helen Arends, sisters Tina (Leon) Spitters, Carla (Jerry) Schutte, Brenda (Rob) Wall and families. Her in-laws Hank and Henrietta VanderKooi, Bill (Helinda), Sophie (Dale) Jansen, Ben (Michelle), Theo (Linda), Dave (Steph) and families. Along with many friends and extended family. Predeceased by nephew Justin Schutte in September of 2007.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

2 Timothy 4:7

Visitation will take place from 7:00 – 9:00 pm on Monday, September 17, 2012 at Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services (2980 Smith Drive, Armstrong, BC). Helen’s Celebration of Life will be held at Vernon Alliance Church (2601 43 Avenue, Vernon, BC) on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca) or next years Ovarian Cancer Winners Walk of Hope (www.ovariancanada.org) as requested by Helen. The family wishes to send heartfelt thanks to everyone at Vernon’s Hospice House and all the caregivers at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, especially the staff in the Cancer Centre. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at


Arrangements Entrusted to


Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

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