Having lived a good life, Helen died as quickly as she lived on May 27, 2015, the last of five children. She was born on October 2, 1925 to Zita and Antonio Battistella in the family home in the Gulch.
Her working career as a banker spanned 38 years with the Bank of Montreal. Work back then began with the use of pen ink and blotter; followed by manual posting machines and lastly with computers.
She was predeceased by her parents, three brothers; Renzo, Orlando and Elsio (Toomie), a sister Neva, nephew Gary Battistella and niece Gay Collard.
Left to mourn are sister-in-law and best friend, Del Battistella, nephews; Rick Bortolussi (Janet) and Tony Battistella, nieces; Jeannie Brehm, Karen Lucas and their families.
Cremation has taken place. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 am on Friday, June 5th, 2015 at Holy Trinity Parish with Father Bart van Roijen, Celebrant. Interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Gwen Ziprick of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence by visiting the family’s register at
In lieu flowers, memorial tributes will be gratefully accepted in Helen’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society, www.cancer.ca or to the BC Children’s Hospital, www.bcchildrens.ca