Helen Mudge Heller passed away peacefully on Friday, July 27, 2018 at her home in San Francisco, Calif. following a prolonged battle with cancer.
For the past year, she lovingly was cared for by her sisters, Phyllis Callaghan and Virginia Munch, by her cousin, Marion Poutanen, and recently by her wonderful Hospice by the Bay team: they were untiring in their attention to her needs and frequent requests.
Helen spent her early childhood years in Mine Centre, Ont., attended high school in Fort Frances , Ont., and graduated as a registered nurse from the McKellar General Hospital School of Nursing in Fort William, Ont.
After moving to San Francisco in the 1960s, she met and married Robert Heller and devoted many years of her life to volunteer work in the community. She especially treasured the memories of her 30 years as a docent at the California Academy of Sciences, where she gained a deep appreciation for the natural world that would influence the course her life took.
She was very grateful to the people she worked with, the mentors and scientists who taught the docents, and all those who were involved in fostering her love of the natural world.
She was an avid reader and a life-long learner.
Except for many happy summers spent at their island on Rainy Lake, Helen and Robert resided in San Francisco.
Helen is survived by her sisters, Phyllis (Dale) Callaghan and Virginia (Ted) Munch; brother, Wesley (Sharon) Mudge; as well as nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Heller; parents, Ted and Katherine Mudge; sister, Shirley (Lyman) Adams, and brother, George (Joan) Mudge.
Helen will be remembered as a generous, compassionate person who cherished her family and friends and was dearly loved by them in return.
Donations in Helen's memory may be made to the Rainy Lake Conservancy, a registered Canadian charity, at P.O. Box 223, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M4 or to a charity of your choice.