Helen Kuzma

Helen Kuzma (Filpula)

Monday, February 11th, 1935 - Monday, May 4th, 2020
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The family of Helen Kuzma, beloved wife of the late Mike Kuzma, sadly announce her passing on Monday, May 4th, 2020. She was 85 years of age.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, May 11, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:00pm from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton. Current public health guidelines and physical distancing practices will be followed.
Due to current pandemic restrictions a Family Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. Interment to follow in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Relatives and friends wishing to support the family may view a livestream of the service by clicking on the link that will appear here at 1:45pm on May 12, 2020.
Memorial donations in memory of Helen Kuzma may be made to the Whitewood Historical Society.

KUZMA - Helen Kuzma wife of the late Mike Kuzma of Yorkton. It is with deep sadness that the family of Helen Gertrude Kuzma (nee Filpula) announce her peaceful passing on Monday, May 4th, 2020 at the age of 85 years.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Wendy McNeill, Diane (Brad) Blackmore and Alan (Tammy) Kuzma; grandchildren: Meghan (Russ), Sarina, and Leah (Tanner); Theresa (Dale) and Richard (Kate); Jessica (Cam), Colby, and Mitchell (Calista); great-grandchildren: Caleb and Westin; Sawyer; Kyron, Lucian and Astrid; Michael; and one on the way; as well as numerous relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by Mike, her husband of 60 years; granddaughter, Chelsea; great-grandson Sullivan; her mother Viola and step-father Walter Ahosaari; and many, many dear friends and relatives.
Helen was born on February 11th, 1935 in Whitewood, Saskatchewan. Most of her growing up years were spent in Moose Jaw, and it was there that she met her lifetime bosom friend, Evelyn. Their friendship would last over 80 years.
In 1956 she met her future husband, Mike Kuzma, at a dance when he approached her and advised her that the next 8 dances were his. That night she told her mom she had met the man she was going to marry. Helen and Mike married on April 6th, 1957 and built a life together. They were blessed with three children, Wendy, Diane and Alan. Helen was a devoted wife and mother and was proud to be a homemaker.
Helen and the kids spent many evenings at the ball diamonds in Moose Jaw, where Mike pitched softball. Helen and Mike also both bowled for several years. One of their great joys in life was going camping with the kids.
When they moved to Yorkton in 1976 they began curling, discovered they loved fishing, and joined the Associated Canadian Travelers (ACT) as well as the Army, Navy & Airforce Veterans Association where they made many friends with whom they had countless good times and escapades on sports trips and conferences.
Helen was involved with the Girl Guide movement for several years, first as a Brownie leader and later as a Girl Guide Commissioner.
Helen and Mike were both young at heart and loved to have fun, and several of their friends were 20 years younger than them. Their dear friends Penny and Dave once said their parents asked how old Helen and Mike were, and they said, "our age". They went on numerous camping trips and gambling trips with a number of their friends.
Helen loved being a grandmother and later a great-grandmother. Her grandchildren were her world and she loved being with them, playing games with them and reading to them.
Helen's contagious laugh and her warm hugs will be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 from the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Pastor Brian Ray of Richmond Park Church in Brandon officiating. Words of remembrance were offered by Leah McNeill and family members. Cathy Wilson sang a solo 'Amazing Grace'. Special music was Church in The Wildwood and I'll Fly Away. A poem, Gone from Sight by Henry Van Dyke was read by Diane Blackmore. Honourary bearers were Theresa Clearwater, Richard Blackmore, Meghan Tilley, Sarina McNeill, Leah McNeill and Colby Kuzma. Interment followed in the Garden of Gethsemane at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Alan Kuzma, Mitchell Kuzma, Jessica Pickup, Bradley Blackmore, Dale Clearwater and Tanner Lutz serving as casket bearers. Condolences can be sent to the family at If anyone so wishes, memorial donations may be made in Helen's name to The Whitewood Archives and Historical Library P.O. Box 129, Whitewood, SK S0G 5C0. The family wishes to send a special thank you to staff and caregivers at St. Paul Lutheran Home in Melville, and to the Yorkton & District Nursing Home, Country Meadow Wing, for the care and compassion they had for Helen.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bailey's Funeral Home.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 11th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Monday, May 11th, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton
    45 5th Ave. N.
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  • Service

    Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre
    Highway #10 East
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    Rev. Brian Ray
  • Interment

    Yorkton Memorial Gardens
    Highway #10 East
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Verna Malcovich

Posted at 06:33pm
Our condolences to Helen's families with our love from Verna Malcovich and daughter Sandra Malcovich (On line with me).Will always remember her happy laughter. My favourite comments regarding Helen with my friends has always been "Our Mothers were the twins, our special connection" that we shared. She will be missed by many.

Kristy MacPherson

Posted at 11:20pm
Sarina, Wendy, Meghan, Leah - sending you love and peace.

I was crushed when Sarina shared the news with me of Helen's passing. I hold nothing but fond memories of Helen from when Sarina and I were little, especially when Sarina would share photos with me after coming home from adventures out West, and even after she moved West - memories that will help carry her legacy on. She was such a beautiful and kind soul. Know that she's passed those qualities, and more, down to all four of you. May they bring you comfort in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

Lots of love,


Dwight and Linda Dancsok, Stewart an Marie Luhtala

Posted at 05:03pm
Condolences to the whole family. From Dwight and Linda, Stewart and Marie and Family
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Charlene Johnston

Posted at 01:44pm
To Wendy, Diane, Alan and families.
I want to express my sincerest thoughts to all of you. I fondly recall Helen's jovial personality and her hearty laugh as it always added to the visits at the Johnston household.
Take Care.


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