Farming Rural 18

Terry Helgeson

March 12, 1939 ~ May 6, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Terry Helgeson Obituary

Terry Cecil Helgeson of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Sydonie Fitzgerald Helgeson, passed away peacefully at the Calgary Foothills Hospital on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at the age of 84 years.

Terry was born on March 12, 1939 in Cardston, Alberta to Cecil T. Helgeson and Enola A. (Cozad) Helgeson. Terry attended the Del Bonita school from Grade 1 through 12, graduating in 1957. He met the love of his life in the summer of 1954, they corresponded until Terry asked Syd to marry him in the summer of 1958. They married later that year on October 9, 1958 at the Del Bonita United Church. Their honeymoon was spent in Bassano, Alberta where Syd met her new mother-in-law for the first time. They started their life together on the family farm in Del Bonita. Terry took several jobs off the farm. They started their family in 1959 when Kelly was born on December 2, 1959. Bradley followed on May 28, 1961. Street came along 11 short years later on July 25, 1972.

Terry was very active in the community, including the Del Bonita Athletic Association, Del Bonita Country Association, Twin River Grazing Association and spent 24 years as the County Councilor for Del Bonita. Terry was very proud of his county accomplishments and all his awards he received. After retiring from farming in 2005, Terry and Syd moved to Lethbridge where he resided until his passing.

Besides his loving wife Sydione “Syd” Helgeson, Terry is survived by his daughter Kelly (Eric) Patterson; sons Brad (Vynet) Helgeson, Street (Kim) Helgeson; grandchildren Chad (Cheryl) Patterson, Wayne (Leanne) Patterson, Kelsey (Jessi) Helgeson, Mckensi Helgeson, Casidy (Brandon) Helgeson, Chase (Megan) Helgeson, Kayley (Casey) Helgeson; great-grandchildren Alexia, Aries, Matisyn, Mason, Merek, Daxx, Lilee, Beckham, Banks, Aspen, Wells, Bodie; sisters Lauretta Helgeson Loof, Elizabeth Helgeson Nelson, Cecilia Helgeson Patterson, Debra DeFreese Hein; brothers Lanny DeFreese, Thomas Helgeson, Delbert Helgeson and Monte Helgeson.

Terry was pre-deceased by his parents Cecil and Enola Helgeson and his brother Brian DeFreese.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Dr. Bruce Martin, officiating.

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Interment will follow at Magrath Cemetery, Magrath, Alberta.

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Funeral Service
May 16, 2023

1:00 PM
Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel
610-4 Street South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4P3

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