Helen Kositsin

Sadly the family of Helen Kositsin of Castlegar wishes to announce her passing at Talarico Place Care Centre on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 blessed with 99 years of life.

Helen was born in Kharkov, Russia on August 9, 1915 to parents Antonia and Michael Kalabugin. She was an enthusiastic gardener, an avid reader, a fantastic cook and famous for her hospitality. In her full life, she was a teacher at a mission school in China, a nurse in New Westminster, a piano teacher in Salmo and Nelson and a World Book Encylopaedia salesperson. Helen’s greatest talent was her unparalled singing voice, which she used on the international radio broadcast “Blagaya Vestj” (Blessed Hope) for over 30 years.

Helen was predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years Boris, her sister Natalia Dombsky of Coquitlam, BC and son Alexander of Castlegar.

Left to mourn her loss is her son Larry of Dayton, Ohio; her daughter Galina Maerzke of Castlegar; her sister Tatiana Sity of Brazil; 7 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Trail on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Interment has taken place in Park Memorial Cemetery, under the direction of Castlegar Funeral Chapel.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Merritt and the amazing staff at Talarico Place Care Centre for the love, care and attention given to Helen over the past 10 years.


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