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Saturday January 26, 2013

Helga Luise (Diez) Stewart August 5, 1929 - January 21, 2013 After a full, rich life of faith, love and adventure, Helga died peacefully in her sleep at Ottawa General Hospital. She will be greatly missed by David her husband of 56 years, her four children, Evelyn (Pike), Andrew, Martin, Ian and their spouses. Omi was a much loved and involved grandmother to her 13 grandchildren. Though separated by distance, she stayed in close touch with her surviving brothers Theodor and Gerhard Diez of Germany. Helga met David at the University of Munich, Germany in 1953. They married in 1956 and moved to Canada, where while raising a family of four, she taught German, French and Latin. One of Helga's hallmarks was her ability to encourage and bring out the best in everyone she met. This included students, friends, family, neighbours and strangers alike. She cultivated a creative, adventurous spirit, and an active concern for the poor and needy. She brought action to her faith and faith to her action.
A memorial service will be held February 2nd, 2013 at 2:00 pm., St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 971 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa. David and family will greet friends at 1:00 pm. before the service and at a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one or more of the following organizations dear to Helga's heart: Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF); Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF); St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Ottawa. We will miss her terribly, but we remember her life fondly; and we look forward with certain hope to the resurrection when we will be united again.
''I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.'' John 11:25

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