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POELZER: Helen. It is with sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of Helen Poelzer on Jan. 19, 2021. She was 97 years old with little more than a month of reaching her 98th birthday. Helen was born in St. Benedict, Saskatchewan on Feb. 26, 1923 and was the last surviving member, of a family of 11 brothers and sisters. She spent most of her adult life in B.C. with the last 66 years in Kelowna.

She was married to William (Bill) Poelzer who predeceased her in 1996. They had 1 son, 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Helen is survived by son, William (Bill) Poelzer (Lynn) whom reside in Calgary. The 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren also reside in Alberta. Arienne Corben (Russell) Talia, Aria and Mattea, Ryan Poelzer (Bren-Ann) Benjamin and Gavin, Jesse Poelzer Jaxon and Tristan and Tawny Bray, (Steven).

Helen worked in the downtown Kelowna Safeway for over 25 years. She truly enjoyed her work experience. She was an outgoing individual that loved interacting with customers and fellow employees. Helen and her husband Bill were active socially and enjoyed golfing, bowling and other social outings with their long-time friends. Helen took up golf later in life and excelled at the game and managed to get two holes in one; no easy feat, especially when playing the beautiful Kelowna Golf and County Club course. Just prior to her husband’s passing, they bought a condominium in the Wedgewood complex.

Helen lived on her own in her condo and was totally independent right up till her 97th birthday. She suffered a stroke and eventually ended up in the Cottonwoods Care Centre. Helen’s strength was her positive attitude and her unwavering faith in a greater power. The family wants to thank Doctors Canning and Hopman, the staff at KGH along with a special thanks to the caregivers at Cottonwoods. Helen had a special relationship with the Cottonwoods staff, and due to their love and care she managed to gain almost another year of fruitful life.

A Mass at Immaculate Conception Church and inurnment at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery will be announced at a later date.

Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com, and in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the B.C. Cancer Fund.

Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC. 250-762-2299

Link: www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com
Condolence Messages
  • Jan 24, 2021
    I have fond memories of Helen,she mentored me in my Safeway career,she was always so patient with the gals she trained...such a sweet lady.. RIP My friend
    April White
  • Jan 23, 2021
    So sad and sorry to hear of your mothers passing Bill and Lynn, I worked with Helen at Safeway for yrs.Helen was always a fun and and awesome person to be around and work with. She always had a beautiful smile and made one feel good. She loved and cherished her Husband Bill, and son Bill, in which her love for both, shone through to all that knew them.She is now in the arms of her Husband Bill, and may they both R.I.P. And I pray Bill and Lynn and your families, cherish , and love the Beautiful Memories left behind.Hugs to all.
    Marlene Kish {nee Roy}
  • Jan 23, 2021
    With deep sympathy and love.
    Ellen and Joe
  • Jan 22, 2021
    Bill,Lynn and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. I will never forget all the wonderful times we spent together over our many years of friendship. Thinking about you and family during this difficult time.
    Sincerest sympathy Vera, Diane, Tony, Doug & Karen
  • Jan 22, 2021
    Sorry to hear of your loss. Helen was always a classy lady. I enjoyed working with her. R.I.P
    Fred Cave
  • Jan 22, 2021
    Bill, Lynn and Family,
    Your mother and grandmother was always talking about you, she was very proud of you. My condolences to you. Mary Welder
  • Jan 21, 2021
    Dear Bill and Lynn,
    so sorry to read regarding passing of your Mom.
    God bless you all
    Aggie Turner, neighbor
  • Jan 21, 2021
    To your family my condolences I enjoyed my friendship with Helen at Wedgwood Olga Rogowski
  • Jan 21, 2021
    Bill so sorry to hear of the loss of such a wonderful person your mom my friend for many years as we played ball and i worked with Helen at Safeway your friend Don Favell
  • Jan 21, 2021
    Bill and Lynn, so sorry to hear about your Mom. we still miss her here at the Wedgewood
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