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Helga Rosemarie (Husby) BROZ

Obituary

On January 23, 2014, Helga R. Broz, 92, passed peacefully in her sleep and family present. Helga's last four 1/2 months were spent with her son, Steve and his wife, Susan at their Seattle home in a perfect space of comfort and love. Helga's family is grateful to all the different professional caregivers and hospice team members who provided loving good care. On January 15, 2011, in the blink of an eye, Helga went from being 150% independent at age 89 to needing 24/7 care, having suffered a massive stroke to her speech center. During the last three years, Helga remained calm, teased, pain free and was front and center when her teams, golf, and Judge Judy were on TV. She had a signature strong grip with her left hand and had fun communicating with a wink and a smile and "forty-forty," the words she used to express her thoughts. She had aphasia. Helga maintained her personality and was given the gift of peace and relaxation for three years. Helga was born on April 1, 1921, in Stanwood, Washington, on the Pioneer Highway farm of her parents, Gunder and Sina H. Husby. She was preceded in death by her husband, George R. Broz; son, George M. Broz (who died serving his country in Vietnam); sisters, June I. Chapman and Agnes Folden; and brother, Gorden S.. Husby. Helga is survived by her son, Stephen H. Broz (Susan); daughter, Judith E. Roed (Stein); daughter-in-law, Betsy Broz; grandchildren: Stephanie Lilak (Dave), Michael Broz (Maria), Theresa M.. Slater, John 0. Slater Ill (Melissa); and great-grandchildren: Kieran Allison, Zoe Lilak, Macy and Max Broz, and Jackson and Luke Slater. Helga had many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews plus some great greats, and many dear cousins and friends. Helga was a link to all the generations and brought us together through letters and a hospitable home and heart. She was first and foremost and always a nurse, caring for all her family and those around her wherever she lived. She was our anchor and will be missed by us all. Helga graduated from Stanwood High School in 1938, received her RN from Everett General in 1941, and married George R. Broz in 1943. At the time George was a B-17 pilot in training. Helga accompanied him to his various bases in the southern US and the East coast, staying behind when George deployed to Britain. After WWII, they settled in George's home town of Tacoma, and in 1953 moved to Stanwood, back to Helga's roots and the family farm on Norman Road. Here Helga partnered with her husband raising crops (mostly peas), making their home a mecca for family and friends, using her nursing skills wherever and whenever needed. She was a terrific fan of her sons' sports teams, and also took up golf, joining the women's club at Camaloch. With retirement came a move to an easier lifestyle in Warm Beach. She continued her golf, adding the Kayak golf club to her venues, and won the Captain's Cup there in 1978. She and George enjoyed playing bridge and traveling. A few years after George passed away, Helga moved to a condo in Edmonds closer to her children. She continued her hobbies and had a busy social life with many friends and her large extended family. She was always the nurse. Helga was amazing in many ways. she remembered everyone's name, was never late for anything (usually early). She was always busy, always on the move. She kept her cleaning routine until the minute she had a stroke and had more energy and moved faster in her 80's then some people 30 years younger. Helga's strong and positive spirit was an inspiration not only during her last three years, but throughout her life. She was a role model to many. Her cookie jar was never empty. We thank you all for the love and support we were blessed to witness these last three years and found in the treasured cards and letters Helga saved over the years. We rejoice in our memories, knowing her faith was strong and she loved the Lord. All is well with her soul. Please joine us in a celebration of Helga's life on Sunday, February 16, at 2:00 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran church on Larsen Road in Silvana. Foullowing the programmed celebration, a buffet supper will be served. Donations can be made to the American Legion, the Stanwood Senior Center or a . The family would like to thank David Brandt of Gilberson Funeral Home and Jolene Rod for all their help at this time.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Feb. 5, 2014
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