Helen HUSSAR

HUSSAR Helen Hussar passed away after a brief but valiant battle with cancer on October 26, 2006 at the age of 97 years, 6 months. Born in NE Hungary on April 2, 1909, she came to Canada in 1930. After sailing the Atlantic, she was met in Calgary by her brother John and future husband Simon Hussar. Helen and Simon were married in Calgary and moved to Wayne, Alberta where Simon worked in the Coalmines. In order to supplement depression year incomes Helen cooked, washed and mended for miners for the princely sum of 25 cents/miner per week! Following mine closure the family moved to Nacmine where Helen milked cows and delivered fresh milk to customers while Simon worked in the mine. At the end of the depression years and demise of coalmining the family once again moved, this time to Delburne to farm. Once again Helen worked along side her husband and cared for livestock in the winter months when Simon was away often working double shifts in the mines to help Canada's war efforts and supplement meagre farm income. The family's final move was 1945 to Innisfail to farm just West of Niobe. Helen continued to assist in all farming operations, pigs, chickens, cattle and calves year round and selling cream to the local creamery for household income while maintaining her housekeeping role. She assisted at haying time stacking bales and driving truck at harvest. The highlight of Helen and Simon's life came in 1965 when their son received his Doctorate degree (PhD) in Animal Nutrition attesting the family values of education. Simon retired from farming in 1973 and they enjoyed respite from the pressures of working the land. Simon passed away most suddenly in 1980 but Helen chose to remain living on the farm. She tended an extended garden each year and enjoyed the many flowers planted. Despite a serious challenge late in the nineties she refused to leave her home and stayed until a debilitating accident this past January changed her life. Helen protestingly became a resident of Innisfail Country Lodge where she enjoyed the benefits of assisted care. Were it not for a dear neighbour May Wagers and the Wager family interests, Helen would most probably not have been able to stay so long on the farm and for this Helen and her son bear eternal gratitude. Gratitude also goes to RCMP Officer Jim Seward who lived on the farm and by his presence made Helen feel most secure in today's world. Helen is survived by one son Nick (Marie) who lives in London and numerous nieces and nephews in Hungary and the States. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at the Innisfail Funeral Home and Crematorium, 4415-49 St. Innisfail on Monday, October 30, 2006 between 7:00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church (Innisfail) on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. A brief family service and interment will be held at the Innisfail Cemetery followed by refreshments and fellowship at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire donations may be made to the charity of their choice. Condolences may be emailed directly to ifh@telus.net As a memorial tribute to Helen Hussar a tree will be planted in the Tree Memorial Park (Innisfail) by HEARTLAND FUNERAL SERVICES LTD. Innisfail Funeral Home & Crematorium 4415- 49th St. Innisfail Telephone 227-0006