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DAHL, Helena (Nightengale)

Apr. 16, 1919 ~ Sept. 4, 2010

Our beloved wife, mother and grandmother went to be with her Saviour Jesus Christ on September 4, 2010.

Mom was born to Abram and Freda Nightingale on April 16, 1919. On August 14, 1949 she married our father Jacob Dahl who was the love of her life.

Over her 91 years she touched so many lives with her love, hospitality, gentleness and deep caring. All who knew our godly mother loved her and respected her, and enjoyed the mischievous twinkle in her eyes.

Our mother will be so deeply missed by her beloved husband Jacob, 3 children, Dorthea (Jim), Charlotte (Lorne) and Wes (Doreen) and 9 precious grandchildren, Jeremy, Jonathan (Amanda), Anna, Jesse (Mical), Daniel, Zachery, Luke, Ezra and Nathan.

A celebration of our mother's life will be held on Monday, September 13, 2010, 1 p.m. at Bakerview M.B.Church on Clearbrook Rd. in Abbotsford.

Helena Dahl died Sept. 4, 2010 at 91. She was born Apr. 16, 1919 in Alexanderkrone, Ukraine to Abram and Frieda Nightingale. When Helena was 4, her mother died.

A year later, her father remarried, and the family immigrated to Canada in 1924. They spend a year in Ontario before moving to Arnaud, Man.

In 1935, they moved to Yarrow, B.C. At 8, Helena accepted Jesus as Saviour. She was baptized at 15.

Helena worked as a housekeeper in Vancouver and lived in a home for young Mennonite women (Madchenheim).

In 1948, she met Jacob Dahl while teaching at a Sunday school mission in Richmond, B.C. They were married Aug. 14, 1949, by her father in Yarrow MB Church. They lived in Burnaby, B.C. and then Port Coquitlam, B.C.

They moved to Abbotsford in 2004 and joined Bakerview MB Church. Helena touched many lives with her love, hospitality, and gentleness. She is mourned by Jacob; children Dorothea, Charlotte, Wesley; grandchildren.


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