It is with immeasurable sadness that the family announce the death of Helen Demont (van der Wensch), of St. Stephen who passed away from an arduous battle with Kidney Failure and Lung Cancer at the age of 66. Helen was born in Niagara Falls to first generation immigrants, Jan van der Wensch of the Netherlands and Theresia van der Wensch (Ecker) of Austria. Helen is survived by her daughter, Theresa Demont (Sean MacCready), two grandchildren, Quinn and Remi MacCready, her spiritual companion and best friend Michael Driscoll, sisters Linda and Margaret van der Wensch, and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sister Whilhemina Lewey (van der Wensch) and her brother Jan van der Wensch.
Being the child of German and Dutch speaking farmers in Cornhill ensured a tough childhood for Helen, but she had managed to break generational trauma and rarely spoke of the hardships she faced growing up. Despite her upbringing, she became a woman who will be remembered not only as hardworking but as a kind and gentle soul who was always in the service of others. She could also, when challenged, remind those of the strength she acquired from growing up on a farm.
Helen retired from the Flakeboard with 33 years of service. She was the first female Press Operator and took pride in all aspects of her job. She loved her coworkers and was well respected by them and often noticed for how hardworking she was.
Anyone that knew Helen knew she had a zest for life. She was the kind of woman who would go anywhere or try anything at least once. She collected hobbies and activities the way a Girl Scout collects badges. She loved being in nature and was an avid canoeist and member of the Fundy Paddler’s Club. She also loved cross country skiing, was an avid crafter, painter, sewer and jack of all trades. Helen was an eminently skilled quilter and member of The St. Croix Cotton Mill Quilters and the Anglican Parish of St Stephen Hand Quilters.
Nothing however, lit up Helen’s eyes and smile more than her two grand daughters whom she loved and cherished dearly, and who will be remiss in not having more precious time with their Oma.
We will forever cherish the beautiful memories you gave us and honour your spirit in our hearts forever.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church, Milltown Blvd., St. Stephen, N.B. on Friday November 10 th , 2023 at 11:00 am.
For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent online www.mehanfuneralhome.ca