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In Loving Memory


Helen Joanne Burden

Born in Sarnia, Ontario

August 15, 1932

Died in Sarnia, Ontario

October 2, 2017

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Obituary Announcement

Burden; Helen Joanne (n. Callum)

Suddenly, peacefully with her loving family by her side, Helen passed at Bluewater Health in Sarnia on Monday October 2, 2017, at the age of 85. Loving mother of Cathy Anguish (Tom), Christine Barnes (Trevor), Carrie Gilmore and Kimberleigh McCampbell (Rocky). Cherished Grandma of Nicholas Anguish (Laura), Aaron Barnes (Tori), Tyler Barnes, Katie Gilmore and Kayla Gilmore-Pugh (Ronnie), and Great Grandma of eight. Dear Auntie Helen of Danny Rapaich (Maura), David Rapaich (Joy), and Steven Rapaich (Doreen) and Great Aunt of eight. Predeceased by her parents Gordon & Kathleen Callum, her loved brother in law Nick Rapaich, her much loved sister Betty Rapaich, her son in law Garry Barnes and her special friend Jack Thorpe. Helen was a passionate bridge player, reader, loved crossword puzzles and watching Jeopardy. Helen looked forward to “5 o’clock somewhere”. Helen was the life of the party and lit up the room with her beautiful smile. Helen would say, “I did it my way. “Cremation has taken place. At Helen’s request, no visitation or services are to be held. Remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family online in “Helen’s Guestbook” at If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.



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My sincerest sympathies to Helen's entire family. I had the pleasure of enjoying Helen's company many times with her and Jack. She certainly did have a wonderful smile. She sat at my dining table and had a good old old game of bridge with my Mom!

Heather Emmons

So sorry to hear of Helen's passing. She was a great lady, always a smile, and was certainly a great companion for Uncle Jack Thorpe.

Wanda & Ron Pratt

Love you Helen. Thanks for your friendship and my great daughter-in-law. Like a daughter to me.

Irene Henry

To Helen's family......I was very fortunate to be Helen's neighbour for many years. She was always working in her garden that always looked lovely. She spoke often of her girls and looked forward to visits with them. She was a lovely woman and I know all you memories of happy times with keep her in your hearts forever....Heather

Heather Kirby

We loved Aunt Helen! Always smiling and full of life! She picked an amazing song for us to sing and it was truly her... She was such a great Lady, Mother, Aunt and friend to all who knew her. So blessed she was in our life, We will always cherish the beautiful memories of her in our hearts. Our hearts go out to her beautiful family who loved her dearly

Marilynne & Gary Heather

Was saddened to hear of Helen's passing. We lost touch many years ago, when I moved from Sarnia, but she held a special place in my heart. Deepest sympathy to the family.

Sharon (Burden) Petrini

My deepest sympathy to Helen's family. I was lucky enough to work with Helen at Lambton College and then meet up with her again at the Sandpiper. She was a beautiful lady and will be missed by all.

Karen Riddell

I was very fortunate to have Helen as a Bridge partner over a couple of Winter seasons a while ago. She was an excellent player good company and well liked by all our fellow players. More recently I have played against her and will sadly miss our weekly confrontations. She is an unwelcomed loss to all of us in the Monday and Wednesday games.

Neville Mackaness

Hello Kathy and everybody .. I am very sad to hear Helen has passed away .

Wayne Nicolaisen

Your mom was a beautiful lady, and I always enjoyed the pictures of her with her daughters. She has now stepped over to the original realm and is with those of perfect Peace and Love. My thoughts are with you Kim and all of your family.

Sarah Triplett

Kim Carrie Chris and Cathy, my deepest condolences on your Mom's passing. I did leave Kim a message but to repeat, your Mom was a wonderful lady, and a true inspiration on living life on your own terms. She had poise, grace, humour, and a unique sauciness that I found funny as a kid and today realize it was also wisdom. You will miss her I'm sure. Hugs to All.

Beth Burnley

Chris, Trevor and families We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom (Helen) Though she hadn't been feeling like herself recently, over the years she had a full life with family and friends. We are here for you Much Love Mike and Jill

Mike and Jill Bocock

Auntie H will be sadly missed by all who met her.We loved her dearly. RIP.

Dan and Maura Rapaich

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